Is it true that Rabies in Bali had decrease significantly?
Should we (still) talk about rabies? The answer is of course YES! Especially if you are the kind of people that easily forget or simply like ‘I just have overall info about rabies I think I’ll survive”.
And by the way, it’s not always by dog bites, thou it is common in Bali, but also bat, fox, skunk, monkey and even cat also can be source of rabies.
Still think you only need overall information about rabies?
To add more cringe to your attention, let’s find out what happen to your body when you got bite by rabies animal.
You get not only fever but also the feeling of depressed, agitation, painful spasms followed by excessive saliva that make you look like an idiot. But also you will have foaming at mouth after drinking water because spasms in your throat, and last but not least, you will face death within a week without vaccine.
Well, that probably the furious signs of rabies.
The initial onset of rabies will be similar as a flu-like symptoms including fever, muscle weakness and tingling feeling. Also you might feel burning at the bite area.
Now that you paying attention to this topic of Rabies, let’s talk about how to handle the situation.
First, when you got bit by animals that might be rabies carrier, please don’t ever wait till that animal shows signs of rabies to do something.
There are few things you must do when you got bit by animal. Follow these steps: press on the wound gently to cause some bleeding to help flush out as much bacteria as possible. Then wash the wound with mild soap and water, slow the bleeding with a clean cloth, apply over-the counter antibiotic cream if you have it. Shortly after that wrap the wound in a sterile bandage also keep the wound bandaged and see your doctor to get vaccine.
Ok, you probably now said, I know this already.
Yes. But do you know what the vaccine is about?
Actually, there is complete treatment for rabies, called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP. PEP consists of two components which are anti-rabies vaccine and anti-rabies immunoglobulins.
The anti-rabies vaccine is a scheduled vaccine that given from the day you got the bite, third day, seventh day and twentieth day, so all are four shots.
It develops protection against the virus in the body after six to seven day after the first vaccine is taken and other vaccine is taken and of course other vaccines are taken as scheduled. The vaccine itself is given by intradermal route or injection in the dermis, the one of the layers of the skin.
The second PEP components are the anti-rabies immunoglobulins which a single dose of Immunoglobulin that given in the area around the site of the bite. This immunoglobulin immediately starts acting on the virus, different from the vaccine which needs seven days and three doses to be able to restrict the virus.
So, why do we still need the anti-rabies vaccine if we already get the anti-rabies immunoglobulin?
The reason is because the series of anti-rabies vaccines help your body learns to identify and fight the rabies virus. Therefore, go to the doctor immediately after you exposed by animal bite so that he or she can determine your treatment right away.
Another crucial note, don’t get fooled by thinking that a puppy won’t do no harm of rabies on you, folks.
Puppies, which usually not taken seriously, have low immune status. They are very easy to be infected by rabies virus from another animal.
So, remember any bite from unvaccinated dogs, adult or puppy, can cause rabies.
By the way, in case you are the type of “too cool to go to doctor” after a bite from animal. Just remember that the rabies virus spreads through central nervous system, so the closest the bite is from the brain, the faster for the virus to spread.
Stay save, peeps!
Barong Dance is the most popular dance in Bali which contains an interesting mythology inside it. One of many forms of art that is still exist in Bali.
Bali is popularly not only known for its attractive natural attractions. It is indeed rich in distinctive culture as well, such traditional dance.
What is the history of this dance? The dance is usually characterized by a large four-legged animal (resemble a lion) masks and costumes worn by one to two people.
This iconic dance tells the story about the conflict between good and evil. The word “barong” comes from the word bahrwang which can be interpreted as a bear. This bear is believed to be a mystical power, a mythical animal that has a high magical power that is worshiped as a protector.
Some sources mention that the history of the dance is adapted from Chinese culture, the Barongsai, while some others consider that there is a very clear difference between Barongsai and Barong where according to them the Barong dance is often played with slice of humour so it can keep the audience from getting bored of watching it.
Throughout the history of Barong dance, good parties are always portrayed by the figure of Barong, a four-legged beast in which is controlled by two dancers. The evil side, Rangda is described as creepy woman-like figure that has two large fangs in her mouth.
In fact, there are several types of masks worn by the dancers.
The most often performed is Barong Ket, which it forms like a combination of lions, tigers and cows. The body has carved ornaments made of leather and attached to a mirror so it looks shiny. The feathers in the body are made from pandan leaf fiber, the feather of crow.
Next is Barong Bangkal which is sometimes called Barong Celeng. This Barong has a shape that resembles a bangkal or bangkung, a large old pig.
According to history, it is usually staged on sacred days, being carried around the village, when there was an epidemic disease attacked.
And there is also Barong Macan. Macan comes from Bahasa which means tiger. Usually performed by forming a parade around the village and equipped with various kinds of drama equipment such as gamelan and others.
Another type of Barong is Barong Landung.
This is the only Barong which is not resemble an animal, but a human.
The story behind it is a tale of Balinese King named Jaya Pangus, married a Chinese princess named Kang Cing Wei. The story centred on how the marriage between the King and the Princess was not approved by the Gods, therefore they could not have a child.
The King then went to meditate in the mountain to get enlighten. There he found Dewi Danu, the Goddess of lake. Fascinated by her beauty face, he then married her.
Knowing that King Jaya Pangus has a wife already, it became a conflict. The mother of Dewi Danu, Batari Batur perish the King and the Queen.
Sad by the news, the people of the Kingdom wished to Batari Batur to make a statue to remember the couples. Then she created Barong Landung, which is the representation of King Jaya Pangus and Queen Ching Wei.
Besides Barong, another part in the story is Rangda who is described as the queen of Leak (a devil of black magic). Rangda is often kidnapping and preying small children and leading an army of evil wizards to eradicate Barong.
If you’re interested in watching this traditional dance, the most popular Dance performance is in Batubulan, Gianyar.
How to get there? We suggest you to book a driver before you go.
Watching the show is surely a must-do activity if you visit Bali, so don’t miss it guys!
An island of Gods, an island of thousand temples, an island of paradise…
Bali has many kinds of names and for many years Bali is known for their solid culture, where ancient beliefs blend with contemporary living.
The Balinese people live by following the rhythm of numerous ceremonies or festivities, with many events celebrating the rich heritage of the Balinese Culture. One of the best ways to experience the Island of Gods is to witness such events.
Here, we’re going to mark the date so that you guys could explore the uniqueness culture of Bali which makes it so special.
These are the four big cultural events in Bali.
The first is Odalan. It is a celebration for the coming of Gods in every temple of Balinese family, and other public temple. It takes place every 210 days since the foundation of the temple (based on Pawukon, the traditional Balinese Calendar).
So, the date for each temple is different. There are more than 20.000 temples in Bali, so you have many chances to attend this ceremony.
On this day, the locals will wear their traditional clothes proudly. The women will bring the offerings to the temple, and the whole member of family will do the praying together. The holy water then will be sprayed, along with blessed rice, to be putted on the throat and forehead.
The biggest Odalan is at Besakih, the biggest temple in Bali. You will see many people going to pray there and the view is also beautiful, because the temple is right at the feet of Mount Agung. Mark your calendar at March 20th to see the ceremony!
Second is Galungan and Kuningan, where it celebrated by all Balinese. This ceremony starts with Galungan Day and ended with Kuningan Day, 10 days after Galungan. Galungan celebrates the victory of Dharma (the good) against Adharma (the evil).
Every Balinese people will do the prayer together with their family as a symbol of gratitude for Gods come down to earth and for their ancestors as well. The women will make an offering, while the men make a penjor, a decorated bamboo trunk with corn cobs, plaited palm leaves, yellow or white fabric and young coconut shoots. They will put it on the side of the road in front of their house.
This is like an Independence Day in Indonesia, where the people put their Red-White Flag in front of their houses. And when it comes to Galungan day, the Balinese men will prepare the festive dinner, which is the favourite suckling pig! Galungan and Kuningan Day is celebrated every six months, this year Galungan will be at July 24th, while Kuningan is at August 3rd.
Third one is the most popular one, Nyepi Day. The Day of Silence, where once in a year, it is a special day for Bali to be silent in 24 hours. Effectively from 6 AM until 6 AM in the next day, this island is resting, healing, and recharging. All shops will close, including the airport. Except the hospital for emergency case.
Nyepi has become a national holiday, and a New Year for the Hindu in Indonesia. One day before Nyepi, there is Ogoh-ogoh festival, a statue made of bamboo, usually have the shape of a monsters.
It symbolizes the evil spirits surround us which we must avoid. The Balinese Hindu will do the four tasks called Catur Brata, which consist of Amati Geni (no lights or fire), Amati Lelanguan (no amusement), Amati Lelungan (no travel), and Amati Karya (no heavy work). Nyepi is meant to be the day of self-introspection.
In 2019, Nyepi will be celebrate on March 7th, while the Ogoh-ogoh festival is a day before, March 6th. You should not miss this event!
Next, the fourth is Omed-omedan. Often called as the Festival of Smooches, it is an annual celebration of love and good fortune.
Of all the events and festivals in Bali, this should be the most unique! The morning after the Day of Silence, the people in village Sesetan, Denpasar, especially young people which are mostly single between the ages of 17 and 30 will gather in the centre of village. They will be coupled and pushed together into kisses, while the spectator will throw buckets of water over them. There will be also a street food markets and colourful parades in welcoming the new year. So, don’t forget to mark your calendar at March 8th to witness this unique ceremony!
And that’s it, folks! These are the events that you guys should not miss!
If you can, choose your traveling dates considering one or more fascinating celebrations throughout the year. You won’t regret it!
Uluwatu, located in south west part of the Island of Bali is considered as the best surfing spot in Bali as well as in the world.
Every surfer ever been to Bali must know well the phenomenal Uluwatu surfing waves.
Uluwatu nowadays is also well known for its best hanging spots and as tourists favorite destination. But it was a very different situation back in the 70s.
Stepping in Bali in that period of time is like stepping into time, when everything seems like in the unreal world. Stepping into a dream.
In the early 70s, the empty road between Kuta and Legian took you through palm plantations. Let alone Uluwatu which is more a secluded area than Kuta.
The dirt track of Jl. Kuta that led straight to the sea was lined with the ramshackle shacks. Even Made’s Warung was a shack at that time.
There were also just dozen losmen where their only lights at night were from kerosene lamps, flickering in the windows.
But in contrary also fortunately, not a single piece of plastic trash could be found on the beach. You can see the ocean was perfectly clear and lack of people.
In 1975, Gerry Lopez, a well know surfer at that time along with Rory Russell, surfer champion, found the waves of Uluwatu for the first time.
To both of them, the discovery itself is like finding the biggest candy store for surf, while it opens the gate to other surf spots in Bali and other islands in Indonesia.
Uluwatu has the waves that blew everyone’s mind. They were blown away not only for the quality but also from the consistency of the waves at any time of the day.
Another name that had experience Uluwatu waves in the old days was Jim Banks.
Emerged in 1977 as one of the world’s top young surf professionals, but since he was never convinced of a pro-career’s worth he eventually leave his surfing competition world to pursue the life as a surfboard shaper.
Jim Banks now lives in Bali full time, where he continues to surf daily and crafts some of the world’s best boards.
Bali first surf club was established in 1979 and the first professional surf competition was held in 1980, The Om Bali Pro at uluwatu on The Peninsula.
It was a big success as thousand of surfers from all over the world gather in Bali to attend.
But what really made Bali famous as a surfing destination, was the release of the greatest Australian surf film ever made “Morning Of The Earth” in 1972.
After that landmark film, with its depiction of mythical wave at Uluwatu, the floodgates open with the influx of 20,000 tourists in 1973, 1000 among them are surfers.
It is fascinanting how pristine and innocent this 70s time was in Uluwatu, known only by surfers.
Time when monkeys, not people are the ones watching from surounding cliffs.
As a comparison to the nowadays Uluwatu as surfers most loved destination you can read in : https://www.unicare-clinic.com/2018/11/25/line-up-surfers-here-are-your-3-best-surf-spots-in-uluwatu/
Hinduism is the third-largest religion in Indonesia.
Currently, 1.7% or approximatly 4 million people out of total 250 million Indonesians are Hindus. Other large Hindu community lives in the Islands of Sumatera, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and smaller pockets of Hindu villages can be found in East Java.
Today, the majority of Indonesian Hindu community lives in the Island of Bali, famous for its Hindu culture as well as its natural scenery. As one of Indonesia’s tourist destination and attractions, Bali is not only famous for its beautiful beaches and rice-fields but also their unique cultural traditons : a Balinese Hindu tradition that mainly consist of art and ritual.
however, Balinese Hindu has several differences than Hinduism practiced in India, country of origin of Hinduism, because it underwent a radical change in Java before it arrived in Bali.
One important change is the union between Hinduism (or to be more specific Shivaism) and Buddism. This feature is still visible today, as for example, some Buddist religous writings still play important role in Balinese Hinduism. Bali also has a priesthood that contains both Hindus and Buddhist.
The theological basis of Balinese Hindu stems from India while indigenous beliefs form the backbone of the rituals. An important belief of Balinese Hindu is that elements of nature are influenced by spirit. Therefor, offerings (sesajen) made of agriculture products are offered to these spirits daily. It is also believed that Mount Agung (highest mountain in Bali) is home of the gods and ancestors. This makes the mountain as the “mother mountain” and is highly sacred by the Balinese people.
The mainly symbol of Balinese Hindu is the Swastika (wheel of the sun), an equiteral cross with it arms bent in right angles which is also widely used in Indian Hinduism and is believed to evoke “shakti” or the sacred force of empowerment.
Like in India, Balinese Hindus do also live in caste system. However, the one in Bali only has 4 castes, much more less complicated than the system in India which has the immense total number of 3000 castes. In addition, social stratification dictated by the castes is more relaxed in Bali. The differences in economic roles of members of each castes is slowly eroding and the Government is now prohibiting different treatment based on caste system.
On the contrary, there is no dowry system for Balinese Hindus as opposed to Indian Hindus who have to pay a fortune to the bridegrooms family upon their marriage of their daughter.
Apart of that, Balinese Hindu also lacks the tradisional Indian Hindu emphasis on rebirth and reincarnation and is instead more concerned with local and ancestral spirits. It might is the result of the animistic believes of the local people, prior to the Indianisation of Southeast Asia that was very prominent to the Region from the 5th to the 14th century. Syncretism where Hinduism is modified by pre-existing animistic ideas.
Furthermore these differences indicates that although Hinduism was spread due to Indianisation,
Especially the religion itself was adapted to better suit the needs of the local people of Bali.
Now, you may see some Balinese women putting an offering in front of their house and work places about three times a day, which is one of many strict Hindu ground rules carried through the life of the Balinese Hindus. You may also see some oddities like a small palinggih (offering stand made of stones and usually ornamented with Balinese textile and umbrellas) in the middle of the road or just next to the rivers; which is meant for the nearby Balinese people to put their offerings on, for the deities taking care of the roads and the rivers.
The thing that we love from these small offerings is that they make the air smell really good and give us a sense of calmness and relaxation. Like they say, it’s the Land of the Gods, anyway. Of course it should smell divine. Oh, and while we’re at it, go over to our other article about Garusa Wisnu Kencana, a masterpiece from Bali’s own local hero inspired by a Hindu folk tale http://hydromedbali.com/garuda-wisnu-kencana-statue/ Ready for a visit?