Meet the People of Bali

Published: 18th June 2012
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The combination of spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving, large selection of Bali luxury villas and hotel accommodations, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality, as well as the islandís friendly, hospitable people have made Bali Indonesia's unrivaled number one tourist attraction as well as have made the word "paradise" one of its favored moniker.

The Balinese population of 3 million makes up 89% of the island's population.

The Balinese, as what the Balinese people are popularly called, are known for being warm and friendly people who are very welcoming, going out of their way to make its guests feel comfortable.

The Balinese are also known for its being relaxed and spiritual who like most Indonesians, take life at a slow pace.

The Balinese attentiveness and kindness in the service industry is simply unmatched and legendary. The Balinese are known for being helpful, polite, and courteous and will always try hard to please you. Many travelers even say that the Balinese are considered as being some of and if not the nicest people they have met. These positive and unrivaled characteristics of the Balinese are without question a huge factor in the Balinese tourism industry being advanced far beyond any of the other islands of Indonesia.

The Balinese also love children. It is rare of hearing in the island a Balinese adult shouting at the kids. Such evidence of love and care of children can even be seen by Bali villas guests in restaurants, which are replete with games and coloring sheets and crayons for the kids to attempt, while food is being ordered.

Because the island of Bali is a pocket of Hindu religion and culture, every aspect of Balinese life is suffused with religion.

Balinese Hinduism, which has its roots in Indian Hinduism and in Buddhism, and adopted the animistic traditions of the indigenous people, is said to be deeply interwoven with art and ritual.

The origins of the Balinese came from 3 different waves of immigrants. The first wave came from Java and Kalimantan in the prehistoric times of the proto-Malay stock; the second came slowly over the years from Java during the Hindu period; while the third and final wave came between the 15th and 16th centuries from Java. It is said that at the time of Javaís conversion into Islam, aristocrats fled to Bali from the Javanese Majapahit Empire to escape Islamic conversion, reshaping the Balinese culture into a syncretic form of classical Javanese culture with many Balinese elements.

Unlike most of Muslim-majority Indonesia, there are about 93.18% of Bali's population that adhere to Balinese Hinduism Hindu Dharma, formed as a combination of existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia.

Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are thus said to be closely related to the peoples of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania.

Nowadays, the Balinese society continues to revolve around each family's ancestral village, to which the cycle of life and religion is closely tied.

The Balinese are famous for their dance, drama and sculpture. Guests from the many Bali villas for rent can see these cultural activities mainly in Ubud, Baliís cultural capital.

The Balinese are well known to celebrate various festivals and holidays. And with an estimated 20,000 temples or pura on the island, each of which holds festivals or odalan at least twice a year and with many other auspicious days throughout the year, the Balinese are known to celebrate many festivals. These celebrations are considered to help the Balinese of various communities come close to each and other spread the message of peace and happiness.


Kiara Brownell is a traveler who loves to see beautiful places around the world. She already visited some of the top destinations in the world including the beautiful place of Bali. She recommends to visit Seminyak Bali Villas to find the best bali villas resort that suit your budget. Visit http://www.balivillaholidays.com

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