WHAT TO DO: CULTURE

 

Balinese dance and religion are inseparable. A small offering of food and flowers must proceed all dances even for tourists. The rural tradition says that peace and harmony depend on the protection of the Gods and Ancestors. Dance fulfills a number of specific functions. For example a channel for visiting Gods or Demons through trance or as a welcome or entertainment for visiting Gods.

Dewa Ayu Sacred Dance

After the massive eruption of Mr. Agung in the 60’s, many villagers from Seraya community in East Bali, migrated to Pemuteran. They are famous for this trance dance as a way to express gratitude and to receive blessing from the Gods. It includes unlimited dancers in trance after a special song is played using the Kris (Traditional Ceremonial Knife), representing the female and the dancer the male. It is performed as the finale at many ceremonial occasions.

Gebug Gende Dance

Seraya community migrants of East Bali where water shortages have always been a problem brought this dance to Pemuteran. This war dance is believed to bring rain, as the blood spilled from the dancers, will appease the God, and rain will return. Each dancer/fighter carries a Gebug or rattan stick and a shield called Gende. The dance is the image of two soldiers in the heat of battle and is viewed by the whole community.

PILGRIM HIKING

The goal is to fully immerse you in a spiritual adventure. Pemuteran is rich with culture and the landscape is dotted with beautiful ancient temples some easy to access and others reached by hiking deep in the jungle or onto hill tops overlooking the spectacular views of Bali’s magic mountains and holy sea.

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TRADITIONAL HEALING

Bali is famous for its hundreds of years history of traditional healing therapies. The rich Balinese culture includes a wealth of information on herbal remedies, what is called a “living apothecary”, massage and energy healing, customs that continue to thrive today.

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PERSONAL PURIFICATION CEREMONY

One of the most memorable and profound experiences is a Purification Ceremony at a sacred site usually with running water, to purify the aura and karma from past lives, align and clear the chakras, and remove disease, performed by a temple priest or Balian (traditional healer). T

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BUDDHIST MONASTERY & HOT SPRINGS

The monastery Brahma Vihara Arama also known as The Small Borobudur and is Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery. It comprises a hectare of hillside, with numerous meditation rooms, libraries, beautiful gardens, and an impressive replica of the Borobudur.

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VISITING TEMPLES

There are guided tours to the holy temples of Pemuteran some of Bali’s most important, as well as the local Buddhist Monastery. Experience sacred dances, pilgrim hiking, traditional healing and purifications.

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DANCE LESSON

Traditional Balinese Dancing is an important part of Balinese culture.Young girls and boys gather here twice a week to train with the older, more experienced dancers. Guests are welcome to join the dancers and step into traditional Bali.

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BUGIS FISHERMEN VILLAGE

The Buginese people are an ethnic group from Suawesi. A community that is dedicated to the seas. They are born on water, live on water and are buried in their waters. Life is a difficult one, moving with the winds and creating homes upon coral rocks with wooden gangways linking homes.

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HATTEN VINEYARD

The vineyards of Bali’s famous Hatten Wines are near Pemuteran. The winemakers offer vineyards tour, tasting and souvenir boutique at the Welcome Center and Observation Deck.

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