Bali : A Cultural Performance And Drama Essay

2217 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Indonesia is one of the biggest Muslim countries in the world, populating over 250 million people. With that said, there is one island in Indonesia where the majority of the people are Hindus, Bali. Bali is not a huge island but it is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the country. Bali has become the most Hindu dominated island, from daily rituals to the architecture of the buildings, everything has Hindu influences. However, Hinduism in Bali has been a deviation of Hindu where they are strongly influenced by Animism and Old Javanese traditions. To this day, Bali contains mostly Hindus and there are no signs of it subsiding; in other word, Hindu has deeply rooted in all aspects in Bali. Performances, like Tari Kecak, are influenced by a Hindu story and a ritual of Hinduism which should not be tempered with; but tourist sees it as a cultural performance and drama. Temples in Bali have a significant role in Balinese spiritual practices, existing in every house in Bali. How did Hinduism dominate Bali in one of the biggest Muslim country? How much did Hinduism deviate from India’s Hinduism? How has Hinduism effect Bali’s culture and tourism?
Indonesia has many religions, but the 3 major religions in Indonesia are Muslim, Christians, and Hinduism. However, comparing Hinduism between the other 2 major religions, the differences is a tremendous gap. Hinduism was the second religion to enter Indonesia after the first religion was established, Animism. Hinduism first…

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