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Religion of Bali

Life and culture in Bali are deeply interwoven with faith. The religion of the majority of Bali's population is called Agama Hindu Dharma (Balinese Hinduism), which is a mixture of Hinduism and ancient animistic religions of the native Balinese people. In Bali religion is omnipresent: Everywhere you can find temples, shrines and sculptures of Gods and Demons. Religious ceremonies are inherent part of everydays life.

Sculpture of Barong [mask-1.jpg]+

Sculpture of Barong

Barong, the friendly dragon, a lionlike mythical creature, is the antagonist to the evil (Rangda, the widow-witch) which he battles again, using his p ower of white magic, in an eternal fight. The storie of this fight is told in the Barong ...
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Sculpture in front of a temple

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Sculpture in front of a temple

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Oblations at the templestairs

Five times a day oblations are offered to the powers of good and evil. Therefore little plaited bowls are filled with petals, rice and joss sticks. The oblations are meant to balance the powers of good and bad.
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Sculpture of Garuda

Very common in Bali are sculptures of Garuda who also ist the national symbol of Indonesia. Garuda is a mythical creature half man and half eagle. In Hindu mythology he is a devourer of nagas (snake-like demons) and the mount of vishnu. ...
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Portrait of Rangda

Rangda, the evil witch, demon queen and antagonist to Barong, in most illustrations is pictured with a long tongue that hangs out of her mouth. The photo was taken near Lovina (Kalibukbuk)
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Oblations at the entrance to a temple

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Entrance to a temple guarded by Rangda [temple-stairs-1.jpg]+

Entrance to a temple guarded by Rangda

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