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Art Gallery: Balinese Art 2018 / Balinese Paintings Bali Airport / Hall 8 More Balinese Dance & Community

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Bali, Indonesia - November 2018
?While on a cycling trip in Bali, on an invitation by the Brompton Owners Bali group, we visited several places. Bali is an island full of art, whether at its attractive temples, palaces, water parks or just around any corner. And we saw many beautiful pieces. even as we were waiting to board our return flight, at the International Departure Halls of the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Below are some of the paintings that we saw at Halls 8. These paintings depict more Balinese dances, and community culture of Bali. The above painting shows Baris Tunggal dancers in traditional costumes - Baris is a family of traditional war dances in BaliIndonesia, accompanied by gamelan, in which dancers depict the feelings of a young warrior prior to battle, glorify the manhood of the triumphant Balinese warrior, and display the sublimity of his commanding presence. Baris derives its name from the word bebarisan, which literally means "line" or "file formation", referring to the soldiers who served the ancient rajas of Bali.
Due to photography angle, and for presentation purposes, many of photos have been cropped and edited to compensate for low lighting. It is better to go there and see these artwork for yourself. Enjoy!

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Male Janger dancers. 
Janger is a 'flirtatious youth group dance which begins with a tableau vivant and a welcoming song. This is followed by 12 male dancers (kecak) who perform an elaborate routine; when finished, they sit in two rows of six facing each other .....

..... and a female group (janger) enters and sings a traditional folk song, and perform a slower dance with an 'emphasis on fluid, undulating, arm movements.

Kecak dancers.
This dance is performed by a circle of as many as 150 performers wearing checked cloths around their waists, percussively chanting "chak" and moving their hands and arms. The performance depicts a battle from the Ramayana, in which the monkey-like Vanaras, led by Hanuman, help Prince Rama fight the evil King RavanaKecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

Now this is an interesting dance, with the ladies's routine partly on swings.

Mageret pandan Balinese silat fighting.
Perang pandan (lit. pandan battle) is a Balinese tradition of ritual combat with clubs made of pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius). It is known in the Balinese language as mageret pandan or makare-kare. Perang pandan is practiced by the Bali Aga population of Tenganan village in Karangasem RegencyIndonesia. The people of Tenganan are devotees of the deity Indra. To honour Indra as a warrior god, many major religious festivals in Tenganan involve a ritualistic battle.

Young boys practicing silat.

Balinese celebrating 
 Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. Melasti was meant as the ritual to cleanse the world from all the filth of sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta, "the water of life". Melasti ceremony is held on the edge of the beach with the aim to purify oneself of all the bad things in the past and throw it to the ocean. In Hindu belief, the source of water such as lake and sea water, are considered as the source of life(Tirta Amrita).

A temple ceremony.

Balinese ladies preparing fruit baskets (gebongan) for offering.

Balinese having a traditional communal meal called Makan Megibung) at a gathering.
Makan Megibung - which roughly translates to "Togetherness Shared Eating" - is a dining occasion that demonstrates togetherness in Balinese life. It is an activity where some people sit together and share the food from one big plate or, more traditionally, off of a big piece of banana leaf. The tradition that originated in the Karangasem is actually not only about sharing the food - throughout the dinner people can engage in a light conversation and get to know each other better. The word Megibung derives from the Balinese word gibung, which means “share with each other”.

Balinese offerin Ceper prayer basket for Canang Sari at a shrine.
The ceper basket is squarish four to five inch square and are weaved from palm leaves. They function as a tray for putting the Canang Sari.
Canang Sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Balinese supreme god Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. Canang Sar can be seen in the Balinese temples (pura), on small shrines at public places (like markets), in houses, and on the ground entrance to shops, etc. or as a part of a larger offering. The phrase acnang Sari is derived from the Balinese words sari (essence) and canang (a small palm-leaf basket as the tray). Canang itself consists of two syllables from the Kawi language: ca (beautiful) and nang (purpose).

At communal shrines offering prayers and receiving blessings.

At a traditional Balinese village market, a new bride seems to be shopping with her maid.

A procession carrying a statue of Rangda.
Rangda is the demon queen of the Leyaks in Bali, according to traditional Balinese mythology. Terrifying to behold, the child-eating Rangda leads an army of evil witches against the leader of the forces of good - Barong. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in a Barong dance which represents the eternal battle between good and evil.
Rangda is a term in old Javanese that means "widow".

Craftsmen at work while a fierce wild boar statue oversees them.

Gamelan musicians practicing in their village.

Balinese art rural class.

Balinese woodwork craftsmen at work.

Balinese masons putting up artwork onto a temple wall relief.

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