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Bali – The Island of Gods

Submitted by Agustian Hermanto on July 3, 2009 – 6:40 am Comments

“Pulau Dewata” or the Island of Gods, that’s what many Indonesians call Bali, the tropical island where the vast majority of Indonesia’s Hindu minority lives. This is the MUST place to go when you are visiting Indonesia. You will be amazed with how the Balinese manage to maintain their traditional culture intact even though contact with the outside world is really prominent.

There is a reason why Bali is called “The Island of Gods.” During your visit to Bali, you will be amazed with the many statues depicting Hindu gods. The Hinduism culture in Bali hasn’t changed much since the beginning of 1st century AD. In addition, Bali is also renowned for its art forms.

One of the most popular art form is “Tari Kecak”. Kecak (pronounced KEH-chack), also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, is a form of Balinese music drama. A fact that most people doesn’t know about Kecak dance is that this art form was originally a trance ritual. In the 1930s, Walter Spies, a German musician and painter, became deeply fascinated and worked to recreate the ritual into a drama, the art form that we recognize now. The story behind Kecak dance is based on Ramayana, one of the great epics of Hindu.

As you may well see from the video above, Kecak Dance offers tourist with an unforgettable cultural experience. It is an extraordinary art form that will take you deeply into the story of “the Island of Gods.”


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