Everyday life in Bali is dedicated to beauty, thankfulness, and loving attention to detail. Commonplace objects like a birdbath are transformed into works of art.
Simple offerings to the gods are crafted into masterpieces.
Decks become lovely pathways …
… and steps entice you to enter.
No embellishment opportunity is missed. Walls, columns, doorways – even thatched rooftops! Just about any location is fair game.
The adornment can be simple and nothing more than a pleasant distraction,
or it can be complex …
… and communicate a serious religious message.
Natural elements as simple as rounded stones …
… become works of art, which can occur in unexpected places. Case in point, we took this picture standing in a public restroom doorway.
Bali is a small island and its culture has taken centuries to develop. The people and artists who live here don’t need to be reminded that simple, common elements, when put together lovingly and with attention to detail, are beautiful. There is a lesson here for everyone.
On that note, we’re wrapping up our series on Bali. We hope you’ve enjoyed it.
We’ve discovered that so many of our blogging friends have written marvelous posts on Bali that we know you’ll love.
- Martha at Therapeutic Misadventures introduces you to her Bali Man – a guy who will steal your heart.
- Steve at Twenty First Century Nomad says that Bali “will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was the island where I first discovered a world outside of my hometown bubble.” He writes with passion about escaping to Seminyak.
- Alison at Adventures in Wonderland will give you the lowdown on Statues, Monkeys, Markets, and the Sacred in Bali.
- Amit at Healing Pilgrim, who lives in Bali, treats us to a glorious array of ssanggah penjor, little shrines that Balinese families erect and decorate for the bi-annual festival of Galungan.
Terri and James