Jumat, 15 Juni 2012
Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali's major arts and culture centres, it has developed a large tourism industry. Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people, but it is becoming difficult to distinguish the town itself from the villages that surround it History 8th century legend tells of a Javanese priest, Rsi Markendya, who meditated at the confluence of two rivers (an auspicious site for Hindus) at the Ubud locality of Campuan. Here he founded the Gunung Lebah Temple on the valley floor, the site of which remains a pilgrim destination. The town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants; Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine). In the late nineteenth century, Ubud became the seat of feudal lords who owed their allegiance to the king of Gianyar, at one time the most powerful of Bali's southern states. The lords were members of the satriya family of Sukawati, and were significant supporters of the village's increasingly renowned arts scene. Tourism on the island developed after the arrival of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and music, and dabbled in dance. Spies and foreign painters Willem Hofker and Rudolf Bonnet entertained celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward, Barbara Hutton, H.G. Wells and Vicki Baum. They brought in some of the greatest artists from all over Bali to teach and train the Balinese in arts, helping Ubud become the cultural centre of Bali. A new burst of creative energy came in 1960s in the wake of Dutch painter Arie Smit (1916-), and development of the Young Artists Movement. There are many museums in Ubud, including the Museum Puri Lukisan, Museum Neka and the Agung Rai Museum of Art. The Bali tourist boom since the late 1960s has seen much development in the town; however, it remains a centre of artistic pursuit Town orientation and tourism The main street is Jalan Raya Ubud (Jalan Raya means main road), which runs east-west through the center of town. Two long roads, Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Hanoman, extend south from Jalan Raya Ubud. Puri Saren Agung is a large palace located at the intersection of Monkey Forest and Raya Ubud roads. The home of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910–1978), the last "king" of Ubud, it is now occupied by his descendants and dance performances are held in its courtyard. It was also one of Ubud's first hotels, dating back to the 1930s. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a sacred nature reserve located near the southern end of Jalan Monkey Forest. It houses a temple and approximately 340 Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys. Ubud tourism focuses on culture, yoga and nature. In contrast to the main tourist area in southern Bali, the Ubud area has forests, rivers, cooler temperatures and less congestion although traffic has increased dramatically in the 21st century. A number of smaller "boutique"-style hotels are located in and around Ubud, which commonly offer spa treatments or treks up Ubud's mountains. The Moon of Pejeng, in nearby Pejeng, is the largest single-cast bronze kettle drum in the world, dating from circa 300BC. It is a popular destination for tourists interested in local culture, as is the 11th century Goa Gajah, or 'Elephant Cave', temple complex.
Kamis, 14 Juni 2012
Subak adalah organisasi kemasyarakatan yang khusus mengatur sistem pengairan sawah yang digunakan dalam cocok tanam padi di Bali, Indonesia. Subak ini biasanya memiliki pura yang dinamakan Pura Uluncarik, atau Pura Bedugul, yang khusus dibangun oleh para petani dan diperuntukkan bagi dewi kemakmuran dan kesuburan dewi Sri. Sistem pengairan ini diatur oleh seorang pemuka adat yang juga adalah seorang petani di Bali. Revolusi hijau telah menyebabkan perubahan pada sistem irigasi ini, dengan adanya varietas padi yang baru dan metode yang baru, para petani harus menanam padi sesering mungkin, dengan mengabaikan kebutuhan petani lainnya. Ini sangatlah berbeda dengan sistem Subak, di mana kebutuhan seluruh petani lebih diutamakan. Metode yang baru pada revolusi hijau menghasilkan pada awalnya hasil yang melimpah, tetapi kemudian diikuti dengan kendala-kendala seperti kekurangan air, hama dan polusi akibat pestisida baik di tanah maupun di air. (en)  Akhirnya ditemukan bahwa sistem pengairan sawah secara tradisional sangatlah efektif untuk menanggulangi kendala ini. Subak telah dipelajari oleh Clifford Geertz, sedangkan J. Stephen Lansing telah menarik perhatian umum tentang pentingnya sistem irigasi tradisional. Ia mempelajari pura-pura di Bali, terutama yang diperuntukkan bagi pertanian, yang biasa dilupakan oleh orang asing. Pada tahun 1987 Lansing bekerja sama dengan petani-petani Bali untuk mengembangkan model komputer sistem irigasi Subak. Dengan itu ia membuktikan keefektifan Subak serta pentingnya sistem ini. Pada tahun 2012 ini UNESCO, mengakui Subak (Bali Cultur Landscape), sebagai Situs Warisan Dunia,pada sidang pertama yang berlangsung di Saint Petersburg, Rusia.
Minggu, 03 Juni 2012
Stana Sang Hyang Siwa Pasupati, Tempat ''Paruman'' Barong Jika umat Hindu pedek tangkil ke Pura Kahyangan Jagat Luhur Natar Sari Apuan, Kecamatan Baturiti, Kabupaten Tabanan pada saat pujawali ageng, ada sesuatu yang unik dapat disaksikan. Pura yang di-empon lima desa adat -- Apuan, Jelantik, Tua, Bunutin dan Pinge -- itu dikenal sebagai kahyangan tempat nunas pasupati tapakan barong. Maka ketika berlangsung pujawali -- yang jatuh pada setiap Saniscara Kliwon Wuku Krulut Tumpek Krulut (setahun sekali) -- puluhan tapakan barong lunga ke pura tersebut. Barong yang menjadi sungsungan umat Hindu di lima kabupaten di Bali itu datang mengikuti prosesi katuran tengah malam, dan sebagian di antaranya masolah. Apalagi yang unik di kahyangan jagat itu?
Sabtu, 02 Juni 2012
Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country's 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island. The province covers a few small neighbouring islands as well as the isle of Bali. With a population recorded as 3,891,428 in the 2010 census, the island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. In the 2000 census about 92.29% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali, a tourist haven for decades, has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years. History Bali was inhabited by around 2000 BC by Austronesian peoples who migrated originally from Taiwan through Maritime Southeast Asia. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are thus closely related to the peoples of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time have been found near the village of Cekik in the island's west. In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Waisnawa, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead. Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, beginning around the 1st century AD. The name Bali dwipa ("Bali island") has been discovered from various inscriptions, including the Blanjong pillar inscription written by Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD and mentioning "Walidwipa". It was during this time that the complex irrigation system subak was developed to grow rice. Some religious and cultural traditions still in existence today can be traced back to this period. The Hindu Majapahit Empire (1293–1520 AD) on eastern Java founded a Balinese colony in 1343. When the empire declined, there was an exodus of intellectuals, artists, priests, and musicians from Java to Bali in the 15th century. Tanah Lot, one of the major temples in BaliThe first European contact with Bali is thought to have been made in 1585 when a Portuguese ship foundered off the Bukit Peninsula and left a few Portuguese in the service of Dewa Agung. In 1597 the Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman arrived at Bali and, with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in 1602, the stage was set for colonial control two and a half centuries later when Dutch control expanded across the Indonesian archipelago throughout the second half of the nineteenth century (see Dutch East Indies). Dutch political and economic control over Bali began in the 1840s on the island's north coast, when the Dutch pitted various distrustful Balinese realms against each other. In the late 1890s, struggles between Balinese kingdoms in the island's south were exploited by the Dutch to increase their control. The Dutch mounted large naval and ground assaults at the Sanur region in 1906 and were met by the thousands of members of the royal family and their followers who fought against the superior Dutch force in a suicidal puputan defensive assault rather than face the humiliation of surrender. Despite Dutch demands for surrender, an estimated 1,000 Balinese marched to their death against the invaders. In the Dutch intervention in Bali (1908), a similar massacre occurred in the face of a Dutch assault in Klungkung. Afterwards the Dutch governors were able to exercise administrative control over the island, but local control over religion and culture generally remained intact. Dutch rule over Bali came later and was never as well established as in other parts of Indonesia such as Java and Maluku. In the 1930s, anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and artists Miguel Covarrubias and Walter Spies, and musicologist Colin McPhee created a western image of Bali as "an enchanted land of aesthetes at peace with themselves and nature", and western tourism first developed on the island. Balinese dancers show for tourists, in Ubud.Imperial Japan occupied Bali during World War II. Bali Island was not originally a target in their Netherlands East Indies Campaign, but as the airfields on Borneo were inoperative due to heavy rains the Imperial Japanese Army decided to occupy Bali, which did not suffer from comparable weather. The island had no regular Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) troops. There was only a Native Auxiliary Corps Prajoda (Korps Prajoda) consisting of about 600 native soldiers and several Dutch KNIL officers under command of KNIL Lieutenant Colonel W.P. Roodenburg. On 19 February 1942 the Japanese forces landed near the town of Senoer. The island was quickly captured.
Kamis, 31 Mei 2012
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Rabu, 30 Mei 2012
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