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Balinese Offering Tour

Overview

Offerings are called Banten in Balinese. It is possible that the word comes from the Sanskrit word bali, which means tribute, obligation or gift. Or it may be derived from the word enten, which means to wake up or be conscious. It is a consciousness of the gods.

Offerings are gifts. They are a means of giving something back. But, of course, gifts obligate the recipient and so the system creates mutual obligations and favors, even between humans and spirits. With offerings to the demons, however, the offer or does not expect a gift in return, just the favor that the demons will go away.

There is another indirect purpose. The article entitled Balinese Religion mentioned the symbolic function of holy water binding communities together. Offerings have the same purpose. During a temple ceremony offerings are made to many different gods. They may be to the god of the temple itself, to the god of the main temple to which the temple itself belongs, to the gods of the nearby village temples, to the god of the origin temple to which the village temple belongs and to a nature god, perhaps Earth, Mother or Sea God.

 

 

Offerings are called Banten in Balinese. It is possible that the word comes from the Sanskrit word bali, which means tribute, obligation or gift. Or it may be derived from the word enten, which means to wake up or be conscious. It is a consciousness of the gods.

Offerings are gifts. They are a means of giving something back. But, of course, gifts obligate the recipient and so the system creates mutual obligations and favors, even between humans and spirits. With offerings to the demons, however, the offer or does not expect a gift in return, just the favor that the demons will go away.

There is another indirect purpose. The article entitled Balinese Religion mentioned the symbolic function of holy water binding communities together. Offerings have the same purpose. During a temple ceremony offerings are made to many different gods. They may be to the god of the temple itself, to the god of the main temple to which the temple itself belongs, to the gods of the nearby village temples, to the god of the origin temple to which the village temple belongs and to a nature god, perhaps Earth, Mother or Sea God.

The offerings define the temple’s position in the hierarchy of temples and its relationship to its local community.

Includes :
-Air conditioned private transportation during tour
-Donation/Entrance fee
-Lunch in Balinese house
-English speaking guide during tour
-Mineral water

Exclude :
-Tipping for driver
-Optional activities
-Souvenir

 

 

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