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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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