What are Balinese ‘offerings’? By Ruben

Offerings outside the gates of the house

Lots of countries in Asia give ‘offerings’, because they believe that people should give back what the Gods give to them. The small baskets are called ‘canang sari ‘ and these are offered to their Gods three times a day, every day. You normally see them outside of people’s shops or homes. These offering baskets will include food, money, cigarettes, flowers and small sticks that you light with a match and let off a nice smell, called incense. These offerings aren’t only for the Gods; there are many stray dog and cats in Bali, where we are currently staying, and they usually end up eating the food part themselves!

Offering peace to the spirits brings good luck and good health to the family. It is seen as a duty and an honor at the same time, and in Balinese perspective a very natural thing to maintain a good relationship between people and spirits.

The three major Gods in Hinduism, the main religion in Bali, are Shiva symbolized by lime, Vishnu symbolized by Betel nut, and Brahma symbolized by Gambier. Sticking to this The temple in our homestay gardenreligion, in Bali they have statues in most homes, which is where they put most of their offerings.

This religion is a big part of life in Asia so if you see offerings and statues you need to be respectful. I hope you have enjoyed my explanation on offerings.

2 thoughts on “What are Balinese ‘offerings’? By Ruben”

  1. Very interesting Ruben. I had to look up ‘gambier’ as I’d never heard of it before. Google says ”an astringent resinous substance obtained from a rubiaceous tropical Asian woody climbing plant, Uncaria gambir”, so now I know!
    Grandma xx

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