the Dutch Conquest in the beginning of this century. Anyway
many of them survive as respected patrons of arts and traditions.
Their palaces called "Puri" are cultural centers
from early times up to the present day. Surviving high-stylized
forms of art, dance, music, and handicrafts are based on the
old Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabarata and also
on local folklores.Bali is a volcanic island with a chain
of mountains which runs east west in its center. Mount Agung,
3142 meters, the highest peak of Bali, dominates the landscape,
and therefore considered sacred as holy abode of the Gods.
Terraced rice fields that enhance the island's beautiful scenery,
can be found every where as the most striking feature of the
landscape. As only the recently planted rice have to be given
most care, villagers have much free time. They spend their
free time in these arts or music and dances that are learned
inside their own families and passed from one generation to
the next one in the community. It seems that everybody masters
any form of arts, whether as a painter, sculptors, woodcarvers,
basket weavers, puppet and mask carver, dancer, musicians,
or simply as offering's makers. Daily offering's are placed
at home, on the grounds, on the roads, in the rice fields
and in the temples to placate the spirits.Today, the Balinese
welcomes tourism, which is beneficial to a country seeking
to promote an understanding of its heritage. And Nuansa Bali
Exotica Prima is proud to take part in attaining this goal.
Our Balinese tour guides know well that it is their duty to
share their knowledge for the benefit of our people and also
of our guests.
Only 5632 square kilometers in size, Bali is one of 13.676
islands that form Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the
world. With 3 millions inhabitants, the island of Bali is
one of the most densely populated island with an average density
of 510 people per kilometer square. Bali only separated by
the 3-kilometres Bali strait from Java, is a world into itself.
Its distinct culture, unique arts and ceremonies, friendly
smiling people and scenic views make Bali as an island almost
unreal in today's material world.Bali's culture is based on
its unique form of Hinduism called "Hindu Bali"
which have survived despite of the "islamization"
of Java, its powerful neighbor. Religion is the source of
life and very essential to the identity of the Balinese and
to their pattern of life. With a completely different lifestyle
from the rest of Indonesia, the Balinese have managed to preserve
their culture despite the overwhelming foreign influences
brought by the increasing number of visitors. From the moment
the first European set foot on Bali, glowing reports began
to filter back to the west and up to the present day, there
is no comparable travel destination like Bali. Balinese "rajas"
and princes lost their political power