Bali Glimpses – Beautiful Entrances

In Bali, a country of artists and spirits, the entrances are considered very important.  Dewa, our local friend, explains Balinese design, “We want to treat our eyes.”

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The entrance gate is a very important part of the Balinese house because this is where evil influence from the outside can enter says J. Stephen Lansing in The Balinese, p. 26.  So not only should the entrance be beautiful, it should be useful as well.

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Even the driveway may have a beautiful gate.

“The main entrance to the house should be a gate in the kelod-kauh corner” of each property p. 25.  “Kelod” means “downstream” or “towards the sea.”

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Entrance to a home.

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Hotel entrance.

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Home entrance.

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A new Ubud business with a beautiful entrance.

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 The entrance to Dewa’s compound has Ganesha standing guard just within the entrance.

The Balinese often have a half wall or a statue within the entrance.  “Since minor demons are stupid and only travel only in straight lines, the wall can help prevent them from entering,” says Lansing p. 36.

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Guarded entrance.

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Serpent entrance to a temple.

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For special family temple celebrations, lontar palm tree leaves are used to create beautifully decorated entrances.

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Home entrance.

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Entrance to a guest house.

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Ganesha standing guard.

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Entrance to Honeymoon Guest House on Jl. Bisma in Ubud.

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The family temple roof is near this entrance to a house in Penestanan, Bali.

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Barry and I dressed for a Balinese temple celebration at the entrance to Dewa and Ayu’s home compound.

Come visit Bali.  You are sure to notice all the art–even in the entrances to homes, temples, and businesses.

Aloha and sampai jumpa, Renée

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Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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