Day 6 – Temples

Dec 9, 2013

      They say Bali is the land of 1000 temples, and it is so true.    There’s one every few blocks.  Our driver, who is Balinese Hindu, tells us that there is no day of worship like Saturday or Sunday as there is in the Christian or Jewish faith.  Instead worship is a daily event at altars that are built in everyone’s home, on every few blocks, or in public squares.  There’s even an altar in our rental villa.  Twice daily, offerings are laid at the foot of statues and in front of stores containing rice, flowers, and sometimes money, once in the morning, again at lunchtime. They have large, public ceremonies twice a year in these temples, which are uniquely Balinese. The rest of Indonesia doesn’t have them because they are Moslem.

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Entrance gate to Pura Puseh Temple – no entrance without covering your legs. Built in the 10th century. Warrior guards protect against evil spirits.

Entrance gate to Pura Puseh Temple – no entrance without covering your legs.  Built in the 10th century.  Warrior guards protect against evil spirits.

 

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Bhoma head…protector of the inner sanctum.

 

  Temple Tower - the heavenly gods visit in the inner sanctum beyond these doors when they visit us on earth.

Temple Tower – the heavenly gods visit in the inner sanctum beyond these doors when they visit us on earth.

 

Altar
Altar

What is seen in these outdoor temples is mimicked in people’s houses.  I passed by a house, and could see these black fibrous tops of altars sticking up above the fence line..  I didn’t realize that people may have multiples of these in their own backyards.  I thought it was another temple.  The gate was open, I tiptoed in, only to discover that it was actually someone’s house. The clue was the big screen tv that was outside on, what was apparently, the porch.  No one has grass in their yards.  The courtyards are aggregate concrete decorated with Hindu statues, and the houses have adorned walls like the temples, and altars.

Here's a Bali style house.  This patio behind Chuck is where the big screen tv was.
Here’s a Bali style house. This patio behind Chuck is where the big screen tv was

 

Everyone needs a water faucet like this one!
Everyone needs a water faucet like this one!
Lunchtime offerings at the temples in one's own back yard.
Lunchtime offerings at the temples in one’s own back yard.
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