Balinese Daily Offerings
On my first day at the compound, I woke up very early- early enough to hear the Roosters crow at the first sign of morning. I was also early enough to see the women prepare daily offerings.
Although I have studied Hinduism very briefly, daily offerings were new to me.
Most offerings are called CANAG, which are small, square woven baskets made by coconut leaves and filled with flowers, sweets, and other offerings for the gods. Each basket is topped with burning incense and left in various sacred spaces.
Women are the ones to make these offerings, usually the group of family members work together. If a woman is menstrating, she is not allowed to participate in the ritual.
You'll come to find out that everything in Bali culture has a purpose. Every flower, every movement, every thought. Its quite beautiful. The people here are truely artists.
In a book I found in my guest house, it states, "The Balinese belief in the forces of the invisible world dictates that offerings be created with the spirit of thankfulness and loving attention to detail." -Bali, A Travelers Companion
Each item is bright and colorful, with a highly symbolic meaning. Each offering is not only meant to please the gods, but to please the demons and ancestors, keeping a harmony of the worlds. It's a true show of yin and yang and the balance they must keep together.
In another blog post, this woman describes her impression of the offerings in beautiful detail. Read it:
Below is a picture of an offering I made!