HINDUISM is thought to have arrived in some parts of the archipelago as early as
the 1st century and its influence spread, accumulating aspects of Buddhist and local belief systems as it went, and reaching
Bali by at least the 9th century. In the 15th century priests from the collapsing Javanese Hindu Majapahit Empire retreated
to the island and began to establish the network of temples that stands today. Once in Bali, Hinduism also merged with much
older animist and shamanist beliefs.