D108 . Dec 17 . A Prayer in Ulu Watu

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The Ulu Watu temple, in south Bali, overhangs an amazing cliff and famous surf spot.
Built in the 11th century, it is indeed a sea temple, meant to protect Bali from evil spirits.

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The island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority – the rest of Indonesia being mostly Muslim. When Islam surpassed Hinduism in Java (16th century), Bali became a refuge for many Hindus.

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Balinese Hinduism is formed as a combination of existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia.

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An amalgam in which gods and demigods are worshipped together with Buddhist heroes, the spirits of ancestors, indigenous agricultural deities and sacred places.

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Religion as it is practiced in Bali is a composite belief system that embraces not only theology, philosophy, and mythology, but ancestor worship, animism and magic. It pervades nearly every aspect of traditional life.

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Caste is observed, though less strictly than in India.

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The majesty of the place was adding to the spirituality of the place…

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We had a walk along the cliff, and all around us were monkeys.

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One of them got a wild idea : stealing my glasses !!!
We jumped behind my back, and removed them by catching the right stick…

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I thought I would never see them again…
But here they are !

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Good news because I cannot count on my sunglasses neither: for some reason the glass started to melt in Korea. Two months later, it turned into a blur magma.

2 thoughts on “D108 . Dec 17 . A Prayer in Ulu Watu

  1. Unlucky Steph !!!
    I confess I laughed a lot when I heard this story…
    Fortunately, all is fine for you,
    some teeth marks more… 🙂

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