Bali’s Do’s & Don’ts


DO’S :


Respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting temples.

Respect the local and be very patient if your car trapped behind a slow pace of local procession.

Avoid stepping on the offerings in the streets, simply just walk around them.

Leave important documents and papers safety in your hotel room and always keep eyes onyour belongings.

Drink only bottled water, distilled or mineral water. You may purchase bottled mineral water available in local stores around you.

Confirm your flight at least 48 hours prior to your next flight.

Make your financial transactions only in banks or authorized money changer. Always remember to ask for a receipt after a transactions.

Do be careful with local pets or animals you find in local tourism spot. The dog might steal your bags.


DONT’S :


Don’t enter a temple during menstruation

Don’t wear improper clothing while visiting a temple

Don’t walk in front of people who are praying.

On beach, do not attempt to swim outside the designated areas.

Please notice the red and yellow flags.

Don’t buy illegal stuffs such as :drugs, items made from corals or shells and items made from endangered animal.

Don’t hire vehicles without full insurance.

Don’t use your camera’s flash light while taking pictures in front of the priest or people praying in the temple.

Don’t stand or sit in higher position than the offerings or the priest while visiting temple.


Bali’s Culture and Society

The expression of Balinese society can be seen from their culture, religion, and art. Religious, cultural and art aspects reflect the interaction and mergence of the Balinese community. Besides making their homes in Bali though, the Balinese people have transmigrated throughout the other provinces of Indonesia. Yet they are all united by a cultural consciousness based on both local and national identities and connected by a belief in the Hindu religion. Over 90% of the Balinese are Hindus.

Traditionally, Balinese people are bound together by aspects of their social life, such as:

  • Obligation to pay homage to a certain temple
  • Community involvement
  • Property ownership and partnership in the irrigation system organization (subak)
  • Social status
  • Family relationship based on patrilineal principles
  • Membership in village social organizations (sekehe)
  • Recorded as a part of a particular community

The population of Bali is distributed in two areas: those who live in the mountain regions and those who live the flatlands. In the mountain areas, the customary villages are centralized and concentrated, whereas in the flatlands, they are spread out and divided into smaller social groups called banjars. According to their purpose, Balinese village structures are divided into three categories:

  • Places for worship – the Pura, or temples
  • Public buildings – community halls and meeting houses.
  • Residences – individual living compounds.

The arrangement of the living compounds varies slightly depending on which part of the island it occupies and the customs of the people who practises it.


Balinese Life


The strong cultural identity of Bali is based on a combination of closely related elements such as the unique religion, the language, the castes, the community life, the land cultivation and the expression of its art. Of the four castes, Brahmana, Satria and Wesia represent 10% of the population whereas the Sudras represent the great majority. The caste system, still very much alive today, is a regulator, apart from their religious power, of the different levels of the Balinese language. ( Source: streetdirectory.com)