Bali, well known as a paradise island, a land of a thousand
gods, thousand temples, thousand dances, is located
between the Pacific and Indian Ocean, just below the
equatorial line, on latitude 8 degree south and longitude
115 degree east.
The island is considered to be the most attractive island
to visitors. It is estimated that the were more than
3.000.000 visitors a year from all round the world.
Most of them seek an understanding of a way of life
that is really unique.
Bali is unique as having the last dominant and still
intact spiritual culture. Many of the traditional rituals
and practices are just as alive today as they ever were,
and the strength and resilience of the Balinese people
and their culture is a testimony to the richess of their
Most of Bali's 2.9 million people live in villages in
the central southern plains and in the capital towns
of the eight Kabupaten or regencies. Balinese
society is collectivist and place oriented. Villages
are organized around community temples, and collectively
run by village councils called banjar.
This social structure remains strong,even in urban areas.
Family compounds often contain three generations and
three or four nuclear families, and each compound has
a house temple where the ancestral deities are honored.
Customary law is imbued with communal religious duties.
More than 80 percent of the economy is based on agriculture,
the other sectors being handicrafts, tourism, small
trade, and professional services.
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