Thursday, October 16, 2008

Balinese daily prayer offering

The Balinese are Hindus, but their form of the religion is unique to Bali. They are very devote and create these daily offerings to the gods. The offerings are made each day and are left at temples shrines, entrances to homes, hotels, store fronts and always on the dash board of a taxi. They consist of a palm leaf made into a small tray (4"X 4") filled with gifts to the gods and a stick of incense to lift it all. All are filled with rice and flowers but can include, fruit, grasses, sweets, a Ritz crackers, and even a little plastic bag of soya sauce. They are so beautiful and I didn't do this one justice with my painting. I will try another, I am sure, as it is part of everyday life, now.

5 comments:

Sandy said...

So interesting, I love this small offering.

Lisa Reed said...

You are going to be a great tour guide for all of us. This is fascinating and so pretty. I must ask, how is you puppy, back home?
Lisa

freebird said...

Your picture is lovely. I think you are going to be using a lot of bright colors there. When you get home you can use the soft colors of winter as a break.

Margaret Ann said...

This is so exotic...I am craving more...just gorgeous!)

Misha said...

Such a fantastic rendering of colours. The great artists from Europe used to travel to Italy to soak in the light. It reflected in their art. It does in yours too. Perhaps we have something to learn about giving offerings. It is thanks to them that you, the artist, can capture those delirious colours. I can hear the gamlans too, playing in the background! Super!