Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bali—"Island of the gods"

We were taking a hike with a friend in Bedugul, Bali and we stopped at four temples nestled in the mountains, connected by a trail, deep in the jungle. I pondered and then asked "how many temples do you think there are in Bali?" Of course, the answer in hundreds of thousands. Bali has more temples than houses as every house shrine is actually a temple. From large sacred temples to the smallest temples or shrines they are everywhere. It is why Bali is called "island of the gods".

This walled-in temple is at the end of our street at the mouth of an estuary. A little rundown and overgrown, but quite beautiful in the early morning light. Everyday I see people placing offerings at the statue in the center under the umbrellas.

This small temple is at the base of a waterfall in Bedugul. In amongst dense vegetation there is a small statue with two old weathered umbrellas.

6 comments:

marancat said...

I am admiring your choice of colour in these two sketches - that cerise is so bold and yet so perfectly right!

donna said...

I would like to say thank you for sharing your journey with us. i enjoyed it very much.

sue said...

How lovely! I learn about Bali through your blog, and love the accompanying art, of course!

raena said...

I enjoy reading about your travels and seeing the beautiful sketches!

Sandy said...

So lovely as always, hope you have a safe trip!

Margaret Ann said...

MMMmmm Ahhhh...is all I can say...:)