Sometimes, Bali hides treasures in the most improbable places, such as tiny villages rich in history and culture. Such is the case with Kamasan, famous for being the centre where an ancient traditional painting style has its origins, so important that it became the official artistic style for various royal courts. The Kamasan style is inspired by episodes of epic Hindu poems visually depicted by the wayang, the puppets used in shadow theatre. A famous example of this painting style is in the ceiling of 267 panels of the Kerta Gosa, the ancient pavilion of the Royal Palace of Klungkung. The paintings of Kamasan, created as public works in collaboration with various artists are pieces which often remain anonymous. Today, it is still possible to see the work of great living masters. The tradition was passed down from generation to generation and guarded as a treasure and throughout the village one can visit studios, observing the creation of contemporary works while learning trade secrets.
It is one of the sacred dances of the of Bali Island, with a mystical meaning. The ceremony is intended to ask for salvation from a catastrophe or epidemic. The Sanghyang Dedari is different from other Balinese dances, because Sanghyang requires the dancer's body to be possessed.
Mount Batur and its history in the Geopark Batur Museum
Located South of Mount Batur, the Batur Geopark Museum provides information on the geological, biological and cultural diversity of the surrounding area. It was built after the Batur Caldera region joined UNESCO's global network of Geoparks in September 2012.
Chinese New Year welcomes the arrival of the Year of the Dragon
Although predominantly Hindu, Bali is home to an important Chinese community which on the occasion of the New Year organizes uniquely aesthetic events with a mix of Chinese traditions, Balinese charm and fusion cuisine.