A story about a purification ceremony that is put on for people born on tumpak wayang – a date where Balinese give thanks to puppets and masks, but a day which is bad luck to be born on.
(Originally published in Bali Echo 2002) For the past four years, Mangku Made Pogog has been confined to bed in his home in Mengwi, Bali. Paralyzed by a stroke affecting the left side of his body, he is unable to walk more than a few steps. A bucket is kept nearby in case he needs […]
Visitors to Bali understand the need for a map, which situates them geographically on the island. But most visitors don’t realize that having access to a Balinese calendar is equally important – and in some cases, more important, than a map. After all, you are in Bali to spend your time. Bali won’t go away, […]