Magical Balinese expressions

The constant traveller

Bali has its own unique culture and whilst traveling around the island I saw many fascinating examples in its religious imagery and temples, and in the rich and colourful artistic expressions.

Statues and images of the mythical creatures which form a vital role in the culture and religion of Balinese Hinduism will have been seen by anyone visiting Bali.

These images can be seen not only in the temples but also in homes, shops and just about everywhere. Often the statues seem grotesque, like monsters from the underworld, but each has an important meaning in Balinese Hindu mythology, and each play a special role in the religious practices and day-to day life of the people of Bali.

Statue of Rangda, Ubud

Masks used in traditional Balinese dance

In addition, tourists who witness a traditional dance show will see two of the most famous characters of Balinese mythology in Rangda and

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