Bali Photo Cultural odyssey July 2024

Bali Photography Tour July 10 -19 / 2024

Tour cost: TBA

Where the Name of Bali comes from

Sri Kesari Warmadewa from Sanur in Bali gave the island the name Bali Dwipa in the year 913, which is from Sanscrit meaning island of sacrifice, reincarnation, or offering. The name Bali dwipa (“Bali island”) has been discovered from various inscriptions, including the Blanjong pillar inscription written by Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD.

Photograph the beauty and magic of Balis hidden landscapes and Magical traditions.

Will probably see at least few ceremony during our photo tour in Bali. We will also see Balinese people doing their rituals every day around their homes. Balinese recognize five types of ceremonies (panca yadnya). The first category are religious rituals dedicated only to Gods (dewa yadnya). These take places during all of the celebrations, annual house or temple ceremonies (odalan) or on holidays Galungan and Kuningan. Second category (pitra yadnya) includes all the rituals and ceremonies for worshipping the spirits and souls of the ancestors. Rsi yadnya rituals belong all the rituals specialized for spiritual cleaning of the Hindu priests and to this category also belongs ceremony for obtaining a priest title. Manusa yadnyaare ceremonies connected to the life-cycle of Balinese people. The fifth is Bhuta yadnya, which consist of all the rituals for worshipping and pushing away the negative spirits and energies. Balinese believe, that to maintain the balance, both sides need to be satisfied equally, that’s why are bhuta yadnya carried out at the same time with the rituals for the Gods (dewa yadnya). During the religious rituals, the negative energies and spirits are worshipped the same way as Gods. Manusa yadnya, As an important event in human life is considered for example event as birth, puberty, maturity, marriage or death. Balinese Hindu celebrate important holidays, according to the Balinese sakaor pawukon (210 days) calendar, the most important Bali holidays include Nyepi (day of silence), Galungan and Kuningan, Siwa Ratri, Pagerwesi or Saraswati day.

 

Bali is one of my favorite places in the world to travel and photograph. The rich Hindu culture combined with the South East Asian landscapes and reach traditional culture, make for a magical, exotic and colorful adventure that is unique and unforgettable. There are many traditional styles of dance and cultural costumes that we photograph on this tour, amidst the beautiful architecture and temples that are unique in design to this island.

Day 1 –July 10th.  Arrival – Introductions and Dinner

Day 2 – July 11th. 

Day 3 –  July 12th. Monkey forest

Day 4 – July 13th.  Bali – 

Day 5 –  July 14th. Bali – Rice Terraces in the morning

Day 6 – July 15th. Bali – The Mother Temple

Day 7 – July 16th.  Bali –Amed in Bali was once best known for its traditional salt farming. The area name Amed is taken from one of its seven villages. The other six are called Jemeluk, Bunutan, Lipah, Selang and Banyuning. Amed is on of the youngest tourist developed places in Bali. It was only in 2000 that asphalt was laid on the roads. Locals from Amed live mostly from fishing, salt-making and now from tourism. The remote nature and the generally harsh farming environment, meant area of Amed was one of the poorest area in Bali. As all parts of Bali, the weather here is generally good all year round.

Day 8 – July 17th. Bali – 

Day 9 – July 18th.  Bali – 

Day 10 – July 19th.  Bali – Depart for home 

Included:

 Photo tour leader fee

 All accommodation

  Ground transport

 All meals

 Plenty of bottled water throughout

  Admission fee to temples and historical sites.

Not Included:

 International airfare

 Drinks except water

 Personal purchases

 Medical and travel insurance ( highly recommended )

 Medical expenses

 Gratuities – porters, local guide/driver, models.

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The more we know the better will be for our photography

About Bali

From around 3000 BCE the forests and jungles started to be cleared to make a way for the first Neolithic establishments of cultures and villages. People responsible for this change were Austronesian and they seem to have migrated from South China, probably through the Philippines and Sulawesi. Bali Aga are indigenous to Bali and predate recorded history, whereas the bulk of the population arrived from other islands over time dating back some 2,000 years. Youngsters by comparison! The Bali Aga now live mostly in the Karangasem area of east Bali, in two main villages – Tengannan & Trunyan. The latter is more strict and not especially welcoming of outsiders, but both have well preserved ancient cultures.

Bali Aga villages are protected by a solid wall surrounding the entire village. They have 4 gates, north, south, east and west, and inside each is a giant, sacred Banyan tree. Bali Aga life is even more relion centric than of Bali in general, which is saying quite a lot. Everything they do is in service to others and/or the gods.

It seems quite true what they tell you, that no day on the Island of the Godspasses without some ceremony somewhere. The first ceremony of every new family compound, is to bless the earth where the family temple will be built.

Every 210 days thereafter, an Odalan ceremony is held in honor of the temple gods. This is true for village temples as well, and each village has a minimum of three major temples. Nobody can possibly keep track of all the ceremonies on the island, and you often happen upon one in progress. There are certain periods where you see more than usual, on full moons in April and October especially.

Buddhism in Bali

Buddhism arrived to Bali in the 8th century through the establishment of the Borobudur temple in Central Java and according to archaeologist Anak Agung Gede Oka Astawa Buddhism came to Bali 50 years earlier than Hinduism. This era is as well define by first written records in Bali, in the form of clay pallets with Buddhist inscription found in Kelibukbuk North Bali. Buddhism and Hinduism in Indonesia have gone through a long road of mutual adaptation and the phrase “Bhineka Tunggal Ika – Dissimilar Yet One” turn in to modern Indonesian sentence “Unity in Diversity” is a true reminder of that times.

Hinduism era in Bali

Ancient Bali of a 9th century CE had nine known Hindu sects, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Vaishnava, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora and Ganapatya. Each sect worshiped a specific deity as its personal Godhead. Little is known of Bali during the period when Indian traders brought Hinduism to the Indonesian archipelago but according to the Balinese people, the arrival of the people from the kingdom of Majapahit was the beginning of the deployment of Hinduism in Bali. Balinese Hinduism is an amalgamation of Indian religions and indigenous animist customs that existed in Indonesian archipelago long before before the arrival of Islam. An important belief of the Balinese Hindus is that elements of nature are influenced by spirit. The temples in Bali  have similar designs and principles as the Indian temples. Balinese calls their sacred temples (Pura), which literally means holy place with enclosed walls.

Things to know before you book a tour or workshop with us

The difference between a Photo workshop and a Photo tour.

During a photo workshop typically photo instructor’s job is to teach you a specific techniques or skils in the field and class.  

During the tour, the leader’s main job is to get you to the right place at the right time to achieve great photos and experiences. When in the field, the photo tour leader may also offer answers to your concerns about composition and techniques, but most help is done on an individual basis in the field.

Before you go: use local workshops to learn Camera and composition techniques before spending thousands of dollars traveling to exotic destinations to take once-in-a-lifetime shots!