hellobali Guide to Bali - - A-Z OF BALINESE TRADITIONAL CULTURE -

RANG­ING FROM a few grains of rice on a square of ba­nana leaf, to elab­o­rate ar­range­ments of fruit, flow­ers, meat and an­i­mal sac­ri­fices, whether to give thanks, ap­pease, pro­tect, cleanse or ex­or­cise, the sheer quan­tity and va­ri­ety of of­fer­ings – or ban­ten - has been a con­stant source of won­der for vis­i­tors to the is­land for cen­turies. No won­der the name Bali is said to come from the San­skrit word for sacrifice or of­fer­ing.

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