The day begins with the beating of drums in Tenganan, the village hidden among the hills where, since the VIII Century, the most authentic Balinese traditions are rigorously maintained. The inhabitants regard themselves as descendants of the island’s original population - they have never accepted the Hindu caste system, believing in the spirits of nature and practicing ancient rites. One example is makare-kare, a fight with thorny leaves gathered from the pandanus, a plant in the rainforest, carried out by the men for various holidays. Also typical are the sacred clothes known as the “double ikat”, made by hand and hand-dyed as well, capable, according to tradition, of healing and protecting whoever wears them. In Tenganan, there are no inequalities between men and women who have the same rights and obligations. However, life in the village is not for everyone - citizenship is reserved to those who are born there and it can be lost immediately just by marrying a foreigner. Beyond the entry gate, typical architecture distinguishes Tenganan from all other Balinese villages. The houses with their narrow doors are all built around a single courtyard along with the Drum Tower and the Ceremonial Pavilion. At the northern-most point is the village temple, the Pura Puseh.
Unusual Architecture for Meditation - Taman Ujung Water Palace
In 1909, the King of Karangasem ordered two architects to build a pool in the aquatic garden of Taman Ujung which would serve as a place of rest and meditation as well as a location to entertain the kingdom’s guests.
Ancient Legends on the Seaside - the Temple of Rambut Siwi
Legend states that in the XVI Century, Dang Hyang Nirartha stopped at this large temple on the coast which began to crumble as the priest prayed. Nirartha then rebuilt the temple with a lock of hair planted in the earth by the caretaker