Bali’s famed Kecak is a dance that tells the story of Asia’s most famous epic, the Ramayana. It is a huge performance, starring more than a dozen main characters and supported by a choir of 50 or more male dancers who perform very basic routines.
Although originally from India, the story of the Ramayana has since spread to every corner of Asia — South East Asia in particular, due to its Hindu and Buddhist heritage. In Bali, the tale of the Ramayana has been interwoven with the island’s culture and history since around 100 BC.
One of six principal religious sites on the island, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a temple from the X Century built overlooking the sea with a breathtaking view.
The Melasti Ceremony is the largest Hindu purification ritual.