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During the Melasti Festival in Bali, the carried sculptures will be washed when the villagers arrive at the sacred springs or the sea.Morning vinyasa flow yoga class in Prana Spa Bali Indonesia www.thevillas.net/yoga.htmThroughout the Melasti Celebration in Bali, religious men will sacrifice pigs as a form of offering for their gods.
Throughout the Melasti Festival in Bali, the brought statues will be washed once the villagers arrive at the sacred springs or the sea.Want to work in Bali? Rhan shows how easy? it is.During the Melasti Festival in Bali, holy men will sacrifice pigs as a type of gift for their gods.
Throughout the Melasti Celebration in Bali, the brought statues will be cleansed when the villagers reach the sacred springs or the sea.The body is transfered from the tower to the wood statue of the bull,the priests bless and wash the body with ‘tirtha” holy water and then AA Gede Oka Djelantik is sealed in the bull.During the Melasti Celebration in Bali, religious men will give up pigs as a form of gift for their gods.
During the Melasti Festival in Bali, the carried sculptures will be washed once the villagers reach the holy springs or the sea.Situated at the crossroads of strategic sea lanes steeped in history, the province of South Sulawesi consists of the narrow south-western peninsula of this mountainous, orchid-shaped island. The capital and chief trading port, Makassar, is still the gateway to eastern Indonesia.
Spanish and Portuguese galleons, followed by British and Dutch traders, sailed these seas in search of the spice trade, escorted by their men-of-war to protect them from the daring raids of the Bugis and Makassar pirates. Famed for their seafaring culture, the Bugis are still the driving force behind the world’s last commercial sailing fleet. Bugis vessels have sailed as far as Australia, leaving behind images of their ships carved in stone, and Bugis words which were integrated into the Aboriginal language of northern Australia.
The seafaring Bugis dominate the southern tip of Sulawesi, but in the rugged and remarkable country further north is Tana Toraja, often referred to as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings”. The traditional culture of the Torajans rivals any in the archipelago, making this area one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia.
Believing that their forefathers descended from heaven in a boat some twenty generations ago, the Torajas have a unique Christian-animist culture. The majority of the people still follow an ancestral cult called “Aluk Todolo”, which governs all traditional ceremonies. Their ancestor worship includes elaborate death and afterlife ceremonies, which are essentially great feasts. A strict social hierarchy is followed in the villages, and for an important figure, wedding and burial ceremonies can take days to perform. Water buffalo and pigs are sacrificed in numbers appropriate to social rank, and the deceased’s remains are placed in a coffin and interred in caves guarded by lifelike statues, called Tau Tau, who look out from a balcony near the burial caves, watching over the families and friends they have left behind.
Tongkonan, the family houses, are built on stilts with the roof rearing up at either end, representing the prows of the first ship to arrive in the area with the Torajan ancestors. The houses all face north, and some say that this is because it was from the north that the ancestors of the Toraja came. Others, however will say that the north (and east) are regarded as the realm of the gods, on the compass of life.
South Sulawesi is also famous for its tremendous scenery and the quality and talent of its silk and silver work industries, but the economy is largely based on agriculture. The provincial capital of Makassar, however, has excellent facilities for water sports and is easily accessible by air. There are four daily flights from Jakarta and also daily services from Bali, Surabaya and Manado.During the Melasti Festival in Bali, religious men will give up pigs as a type of offering for their gods.