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Hari Raya Galungan & Kuningan
Nyanggra Rahina Galungan lan Kuningan, dumogi sareng sami ngemolihang
Kerahayuan lan Kerahajengan.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti, OM.....
Bali, ceremony, dance, color, arts and crafts continue as they have
for centuries, an enclave of the Hindu culture that was widespread
in Indonesia until the fall of the Majapahit Kingdom in Java in the
16th Century. Now this vibrant culture can only be seen elsewhere
in Indonesia in city of Jogjakarta and the temple complex of Prambanam,
For the biologically inclined, Bali is the eastern end of Asia. A
scant 20 miles across the Lombok Straight the island of Lombok marks
the start of Australasia. Figuratively speaking tigers looked from
to Bali across to Lombok, where cockatoos looked back at them; they
never met. As you travel further west throught the archipelago from
Lombok - Sumbawa, isolated Sumba, Komodo, Rinca, Flores and on to
Timor and a scattering of smaller islands Asia fades further into
the distance, and Australasian influences become stronger. Wallace
first noticed this change, and suggested a line of demarcation that
ran from between Sulawesi and Borneo down between Bali and Lombok;
this today is known as Wallace's Line, although a more nodern interpretation
is to admit that there is a reasonable amount of overlap, and call
the islands and seas of the region Wallacea. This is pretty much everywhere
south of the Phillipines and west of Bali, including Sulawesi, Nusa
Tenggara (the island chain from Lombok to Flores), Timor, Halmahera,
Ceram and Tanimbar islands. New Guinea and Aru mark the beginning
of Australasia, also called once islands to the northeast of Australia
are included, Oceania.
addition to the differences in wildlife there's also a corresponding
change in vegetation. The wet closed forests of Southeast Asia give
way to the sclerophyll dominated open forests, woodlands and savannahs
of Nusa Tenggara. While this is in part climatic, once wet forests
re-appear in Australia they are not the dipterocarp forests of Southeast
Asia, but forests with dirrent trees from often very ancient families
such as Proteaceae. A few Asian repersentatives make it all the way
to Australia, such as Vanda orchids and Nipa Palms, but typically
Australian genera such as Eucalyptus don't make it to Bali's shores
(unlike thousands of Australia's human population each year).
have a Bali Design and Architecture tour departing in October, with
an extension to Borobudur and Prambanan on Java. Click
here for the itinerary and more information.
can find our information about traveling to and within Bali, including
immigration, visas, getting about, dining, money and lots more on
our Indonesia Information pages here.
independently? We have a schedule of Ubud
dance and wayan kulit - shadow puppet play - performances here.
There's also a performance nightly of the Kecak dance at Uluwatu,
in far southwest Bali.