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    Melasti Ceremony, Bali - Indonesia

    Melasti Ceremony is a Hindu religious ceremony to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (the universe). This ceremony is performed with a parade procession followed by thousand of Hindu people by bringing all the equipment ceremonies and the symbol of gods to the sea or other water sources that are believed by Hindus as a place to purify all the elements of this universe. The usual symbols of gods brought to the sea are Keris, spears, banners (Umbul-umbul), statues, Barong etc. This procession is one of the unique Hindu ceremonies where the procession was followed by thousands of Hindus who wear the clothes and other accessories in white to indicate the purity.

    Melasti Ceremony Purpose
    The purpose of this Melasti ceremony is to purify Bhuana Alit (small world) and Bhuana Agung (this universe) from bad influences, bad deeds and bad thoughts. Bhuana Alit (small world) is meaning the heart / soul of each individual who lives in this world while Bhuana Agung was the wide world or this universe. This ceremony is very important value to remind /realize how important this life and we need a day to purify ourselves and the universe. With this ceremony, all the components that live in this world have a clean soul so the world can survive from the threat of a bad thing.

    When this ceremony is held?
    Melasti ceremony held once a year to coincide the welcome of Nyepi Day / Silent Day. Melasti procession is usually held four / three days before Nyepi / Silent Day. This is done because in accordance to the purpose of this ceremony where before Nyepi Day that all the elements at Bhuana Alit and Bhuana Agung should be clean and pure. This is very important because the feelings / heart clean and pure, we can implement Nyepi Day perfectly.

    Does foreign tourist or non-Hindus can join in this ceremony?
    Sure can! You can join in this procession with that in mind, or the required respect for local culture as follows:

    You must have a clean soul from the mind of all the bad things in this world like no hate, anger, lust and so on.
    You must have a sincere upright soul
    For those women are menstruating, you are forbidden to follow these processions
    You are allowed to take photos and video during the procession
    Ask for assistance to the travel agency in Bali to lead you in this procession to obtain the correct explanation

    Source: balistarisland.com

    photo: indonesiadailyphotos.blogspot.com

    photo: nationalgeographic.nl

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    Last edited by bolangtheexplorer; 11-10-2011 at 12:48.

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