I recently returned from a 21-hour transport odyssey to Bali, Indonesia, and Taipei, Taiwan. Bali, ordinarily called ”Island of a Gods” due to a vast Hindu population, is substantially a many devout place we have ever visited. The Balinese will tell we they are intensely passive when it comes to eremite differences, as a statistics exhibit that Balinese Hinduism represents 83.5 percent of a race of some-more than 4.2 million people; Muslims, 13.4 percent; Christians, 2.5 percent; and Buddhism, 0.5 percent.
It seems everywhere we look, we see Canang sari, or daily offerings. These are typically tiny squares of banana leaves that have flowers, food and income on them. They are combined daily and seem in a many doubtful places. They are meant to elicit recognition and to compensate loyalty to a ancestors.
Perhaps this is because we felt so during home. It speaks to a ability of a Balinese to live in a moment. It also appeals to a partial of my DNA — African — that appreciates a stress a ancestors play, not usually in a past though a future.
Balinese enlightenment emphasizes a clarity of village over a individual. Each family devalue has a temple, and there is also a incomparable village church where people accumulate for incomparable celebrations.
One such celebration, that takes place over several days, is Nyepi Day, or Day of Silence. This is a Balinese New Year, and it is distinguished on a initial new moon in March. This year, it fell on Mar 28.
Imagine, a day where a airports, shops and restaurants are sealed for a 24-hour duration and people stay indoors to pray, quick and meditate. During this time, people concentration on thoughts of love, truth, patience, affability and generosity. We in a United States could advantage from such a day.
This is because we transport — to learn about other cultures and something about myself that we can share with others who might be incompetent to have these experiences.
But one of a perils of travel, however, is a believe that acts of terrorism can start during any time. we stayed in a renouned partial of Bali — Kuta beach — where on Oct. 12, 2002, 3 bombs went off during a renouned nightclub; 202 people died and others were injured.
Today, a relic stands in a club’s place, and it is a solemn sign a universe is not protected and that even in a devout place like Bali, hate, fear and dogmatism can interrupt a peace.
Pamela Bussey of Lake Mary is a member of a Orlando Sentinel Editorial Advisory Board.