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Shrines of Bali, Indonesia

By on September 2, 2015 in Indonesia

As you travel around Bali looking at the grand and formal temples you should also take some time to look at the small little shrines by the roadside and in peoples’ gardens and houses.

For example, take the shrine below which was at the entrance to my hotel.

Shrine at the entrance to my hotel

Shrine at the entrance to my hotel

It is clearly a shrine that is still much loved and looked after and is obviously still in very active use.

The shrines at the back of the hotel were even more impressive as they came complete with umbrellas.

Shrine at the back to my hotel, complete with umbrellas

Shrine at the back to my hotel, complete with umbrellas

Religion in Bali is still very much a part of everyday life. Everywhere I went I saw little trays of offerings being placed around buildings and shrines.

Leaving offerings at the shrines

Leaving offerings at the shrines

And these offerings were sometimes given at least a couple of times per day.

Placing offerings at a shrine

Placing offerings at a shrine

The offerings were incredibly ornate…

Offerings at a shrine

Offerings at a shrine

I was really struck by how religious the Balinese are in their everyday lives. Not only did I see extensive use of temples and shrines (although admittedly some temples were clearly more used than others), but I also sensed what appeared to be a genuine love of the religion and that the worshippers weren’t just going through the motions.

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