Kedisan village


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Kedisan is a small rural village nestled at the foot of the Mount Batur on the island of Bali, at the edge of Lake Batur, the largest lake in on the island. The village sits amidst the panoramic setting of the crescent shaped lake and the majestic volcano filling the skyline above. It is one of 15 villages in the Kintamani Region, about 2 hours north from Denpasar, capital city of Bali.

Located between Lake Batur’s shore and the magnificent Mount Batur, Kedisan’s soil is well irrigated by the river and incredibly fertile due to the volcanic ash. That, combined with the cool mountainous climate makes it the perfect crop-raising terrain. It’s no wonder, therefore, that this region is inhabited largely by those that make a living by farming. Kedisan’s colorful patchwork of agricultural produce includes onions, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes and much more.  Some residents of Kedisan also work as fisherman, as Lake Batur is home to quite the abundance of fish.

The Kintamani region has been well known since the 9th century, as is proven by various royal edicts engraved on copper plates found throughout Kedisan and the other villages around Lake Batur, such as Trunyan, Songan and Buahan.

Petulu Village

Petulu Village

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Every evening at around 6pm, thousands of big herons and egrets fly in to Petulu, about 2.5km north of Jl Raya Ubud, squabbling over the prime perching places before settling into the trees beside the road and becoming a tourist attraction.

The herons, mainly the striped Java pond species, started their visits to Petulu in 1965 for no apparent reason. Villagers believe they bring good luck (as well as tourists), despite the smell and the mess. A few warung have been set up in the paddy fields, where you can have a drink while enjoying the spectacle. Walk quickly under the trees if the herons are already roosting.

Petulu is a pleasant walk or bicycle ride on any of several routes north of Ubud, but if you stay for the birds you’ll be heading back in the dark.

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Bengkala, Deaf Village

Bengkala, Deaf Village

Desa Bengkala/Desa Kolok: The Deaf Village In Northern Bali

Written by Paskah Zolkowski

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Students at the elementary schoolStudents at the elementary schoolDesa Bengkala is a small village located in Northern Bali where, for at least a century now, 2% of all babies born here are deaf. It’s also known as the Kolok Village, literally “Deaf Village” in Balinese. Fifty of its 200 residents are deaf. The inhabitants of the village have created their own sign language known as Kata Kolok (Deaf Talk) and almost all people at the village know how to communicate with the deaf people using their own sign language.

The sign language created by the people of Desa Bengkala (Kata Kolok) is similar to the more common American Sign Language (ASL), but is also accompanied by gestures and facial expressions to better aid deaf people in communicating. Since both use Kata Kolok, they’re able to communicate easily with one another. The residents of Desa Bengkala are very united and work together. When the deaf are trying to purchase food or goods at the market for example, they can always count on those who can hear to help them out.Classroom in Kolok Village

My father, Greg Zolkowski, a reading specialist at the Jakarta International School Elementary who is very passionate about deaf cultures of the world, visited Desa Bengkala and interacted with the deaf people of the village. He also visited a school at the village attended by both the hearing and the deaf kids where Kata Kolok is used as their means of communication. Although the school uses Kata Kolok as their primary mode of communication, the kids are also taught Indonesian Sign Language. Greg enjoyed the chance to interact with the deaf kids using ASL and, to his surprise he waDesa Bengkala or Bengkala Village, Balis able to understand what they were signing to him, and vice versa. “You get a sense of accomplishment when your message is understood by deaf people because it was like speaking a foreign language with someone who had never been taught the language,” explains Greg.

Desa Bengkala’s way of life represents another unique aspect of Indonesia, at once different yet similar to ours. But the need to get one’s message across through communication is universal. It doesn’t matter what language you speak or where you come from, as long as you are able to interact and understand one another using different ways. And that’s all that matters.

Desa Bengkala or Bengkala Village, Bali

Bebandem, Karangasem

Bebandem, Karangasem

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Nine km west of Amlapura. Every three days there’s a big cattle market (pasar hewan) here where you can mingle with the ‘petani’ amidst the market smells of dirt, dung, coffee, cloves, and cattle. Arrive by 0800 to see the auction, shop, and enjoy Balinese drinks. The market reaches its peak of activity at 0800 or 0900, depending on the season.

Unless it’s a long distance, farmers walk their cattle to the Bebandem market; you’ll see them strung out all along the Subaga-Rendang road before the dawn. With their long necks, soulful eyes, and fine rusty brown coats, Balinese cattle resemble overgrown deer. Bali’s special breed (bos banteng) is found only on this island and no crossbreeding is allowed.

Cattle are raised for many purposes: as beasts of burden, for export, for ceremonial purposes, and for meat. The Balinese farmer will only reluctantly sell his cow if he needs money for a ceremony.

This is no public auction. Deals are struck between owners. Cattle are sold according to weight. Only after per kilo price is agreed upon is the beast weighed and the price adjusted accordingly. One section of the market is devoted to pigs. There are baskets of bobbing chickens, pigeons, and ducks.

See ironsmiths forging inexpensive ‘padi’ sickles using hand-pumped billows in the open workshops opposite the ‘pasar hewan’.


Suckling Pig

Baha village, Badung

Baha village, Badung


Traditional Village Of Baha

Baha is located about 4 km east of Taman Ayun Temple. The workers and tra­ditional farmers make up the major part of the population in Baha. The uniqueness of this traditional village is the uniformity of the entrance gates of the family compounds combined with the traditional housing structure, which gives the village a fascinat­ing appearance.


Bungaya village, Karangasem

Bungaya village, Karangasem


Bungaya village is an old village that was once the reign of King Gelgel (Dalem Waturenggong), at which time the revolt Maruti, I Gusti Batan Jeruk has been slain in the village that is in Jungutan Bungaya in the 16th century as mentioned in the Babad Dalem.

Bungaya with other traditional village in Karangasem like Asak, and Timbrah has several fascinating festivals. The biggest and best known is called usaba sumbu held once a year with certain variations in all three villages (as well as in Perasi, Bugbug and Bebandem – all located in Karangasem). This is an agricultural rite in honor of the rice goddess, Batari Sri, and the god of material wealth, Batara Rambut Sedana as well as the deified ancestors and other village deities.

Several exquisite dances are performed during the daytime. A rejang is performed by unmarried girls, an abuang by unmarried boys, and several different groups take part in mock-fight dances called gebug. The dancers are beautifully dressed in costly ritual costumes, and the gold headdresses of the girls in Asak and Bungaya are justifiably famous.

The dances are accompanied by some very rare and unusual music. Especially noteworthy is the sacred selunding orchestra consisting of iron-met allophones that are rarely played, and then only for specific ceremonies. A particular selunding in Bungaya, for instance, is only struck once every ten years during a huge temple festival.


Asak Village, Karangasem, Usaba Kaulu

Karangasem, Asak Village,, Usaba Kaulu

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Asak, Karangasem, January 7, 2011

It is definitely not for the faint hearted or animal lovers, the annually Usaba Kaulu ritual at Asak Village in Karangasem Regency is a blend of centuries-old ritual, dozens of boys armed with sharp special cleavers, adrenalin pumping music and a running cow and of course eager spectators. Usaba Kaulu is a kind of exorcism ritual to purify the village from negative influence and to bring peace and prosperity.

The Usaba Kaulu ritual usually starts around 9 AM with the arrival of the member of Asak’s youth organization in the temple, the boys are bare-chested, wearing red headdress and each armed with cleaver that is specially made and prepared for this ritual; the girls bring offering s, the youth then enter the temple (only the youth, priest and pecalang are allowed to enter the temple) and the priest officiate a preliminary ritual, after the preliminary ritual is finished, a cow that is tied outside the temple is decorated and dressed by the boys, after the dressing of the cow is over, the youth and  the priests along with the cow walk around the village, after a round is complete the youth, the priests and the cow enter the temple for a prayer session.

After the prayer session the most anticipated part of the ceremony is finally arrived. The boys leave the temple premise and stand on the street in front of the temple brandishing their cleavers; they are waiting for the cow to be unleashed from the temple, the music switch to adrenalin-pumping beleganjur.  As soon as the cow is unleashed, it starts running and the boys chase and try to strike it down with the cleavers.  With dozens of boys chasing and striking it down, the cow will not last more than 5 minutes.  There are prohibitions to cut the cow in the temple, banjar (hamlet) and village areas, those who strike it in these areas are fined. In bygone days the prohibitions were strictly observed and the chasing lasted for hours and the cow was killed outside the village. Nowadays it is struck as soon as it leaves the temple premise and killed inside the banjar area.

The cow is killed and divided on the spot where it is unable to run anymore due to the wounds. The head is used for the ceremony and the meat is distributed among the villagers.


Jimbaran, Kedonganan, Fishing Villages

Jimbaran Fishing Village

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Historically, the low-lying Jimbaran bay was the home of a relatively busy fishing village, Kedonganan which still exists today – indeed the Karma Jimbaran culinary team buy their fresh fish from the Kedonganan market which is already bustling by 5am. The bay is also famous for some of the most majestic sunsets in the world.

Amed Village

Amed Fishing Village

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Amed, Bali. Late in the day Balinese families come to the beach and the children get to go fishing and swimming for fun. Gunung Agung is an active volcano that last erupted in 1963.

Pemuteran Village

Pemuteran Village

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Sunrise in Pumertan, Bali, Indonesia. The boat on the right is from Madura. The Madurese used to be excellent sailors. Madurese vessels loaded with cargoes of wood from other islands, like Borneo, used to ply their trade between Indonesia and Singapore. Traditional vessels of Madura, include the golekan and the leti-leti (or leteh-leteh).