Sarah Beekmans Balinese cow bone necklace is one of the works of art that is increasingly favored not only by the Indonesian people, especially socialites but also by women all over the world. This famous designer produces her work in Bali with a touch of Balinese artists who indeed have always had high quality in creating works of art both from bones and horns.
The various designs of these necklace or the ather accessories cannot be separated from the very beautiful touch of Balinese culture. Balinese culture is a mixture of Balinese Hindu-Buddhist religions and cultures found in Bali. One of the best-known cultures is dance, drama, and sculpture. This island is also known for its shadow puppet theater. Even in villages as far as remote areas, beautiful temples are a common sight and so are skilled gamelan players and talented actors all found in Bali and cannot be separated from their beautiful and sacred cultural touch.
Even pieces of a palm tree and fruit arrangements made as offerings by Balinese women have an artistic side to them. They have been taught the art of decorating and making palm leaf pieces from childhood so that when they grow up, especially women who are predominantly Hindu have made them skilled.
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According to one art historian from Mexico, José Miguel Covarrubias, works of art by artists in Bali are considered a form of spiritual offering, and therefore these artists do not care about the recognition of their work. Balinese artists are also skilled in duplicating works of art such as carvings that resemble Chinese decorating vehicles based on what is seen in foreign magazines. No wonder many tourists are interested and even businessmen from abroad such as John Hardy who made his work in the Bali archipelago.
In addition to carving and decorating arts, Balinese culture is also famous for the use of gamelan in music and in various traditional Balinese events. Each type of music is intended for certain types of events. For example, music celebrations differs from traditional ceremonies, such as for Ngaben (cremation ceremonies), Melasti (purification rituals) and so on.
Different types of gamelan are also determined according to various types of dance in Bali. According to Walter Spies, the art of dancing is an integral part of Balinese life as well as an endless critical element in a series of ceremonies or for personal gain. Traditionally, the appearance of the thigh is considered impolite so visitors who visit the Balinese temple are advised to cover their feet with a sarong.
Even in the Balinese naming system, the birth or caste rank of a person is reflected in its name. The majority of the population is Hindu, and a small proportion is Muslim and Buddhist. Most Balinese believe in the Tirta religion, “the religion of the holy water”. This is the Shiva Hindu sect. Itinerant priests of India are said to have introduced people to Hindu and Buddhist sacred literature centuries ago. People accept it and combine it with their own pre-Hindu mythology. The Balinese from before the third wave of immigration, known as Bali Aga, were mostly not followers of the Tirta religion but maintained their own animistic traditions.
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Balinese culture is unique and well-known especially for its rich and loving art in its making. Not only that, various forms of dance and music have made Balinese art and culture as one of the most diverse in the world. Hinduism as the main religion is the main influence behind its development.
Music, drama, dance, and costumes become a party of the five senses during temple celebrations. Travel rituals in Balinese family households can be seen almost every day, for example celebrating the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Special dates and cultural highlights also mark the calendar in Bali throughout the year, through annual art festivals and local debauchery that visitors must see to make the best use of their visit, including buying art as souvenirs and gifts such as cow bone necklace that can be also obtained over there.