The Art of Offerings

The Art of Offerings

One of the most striking things about Bali is the daily profusion of offerings. They are vitally important as they give pleasure to Bali’s Hindu gods and demons and provide positive karma to those involved in their preparation.  They accompany all ceremonies and prayers. Some Balinese, mostly women, even spend all their lives making these unique gifts to the gods.  They vary considerable in complexity. Some are very simple and tiny while others can be several meters high. One thing that they have in common is that they are made from natural things.

Nearly every village has its own unique forms of offerings as they are considered a means of giving something back. Of course, gifts obligate the recipient and so the system creates mutual obligations and favors, even between humans and spirits. With offerings to the demons, however, the person presenting the offer does not expect a gift in return, just the favor that the demons will go away.

To learn first – hand  how to make a Balinese offering, schedule a class at Pondok Pekak located on the east side of the Ubud Football Field.  The price is Rp 100,000 for 1.5 hours.  Pondok Pekak is a non-profit community organization which holds a library for adults and children, as well as hosts a wide range of traditional Balinese music and dance groups.

Email:Pondok@indo.net.id or npoindo@yahoo.com

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