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Because they are conscious of the dualism of the nature, it is easy to understand why Balinese ceremony and ritual are not only concerned with worshipping good spirits but also directed towards placating the evil spirits. Everyday offerings of food and flowers are made and placed in small containers made of palm leaves for every conceivable kind of spirit - good or evil.
In the early morning an offering is put at the front door of every home and building to encourage good spirit to enter, whilst at the back door one is left for the pleasure of the bad spirits to prevent their entering to the house.
Everywhere you go, especially in the morning and in the evening, you will see the offerings carried on the heads of the women destined for a shrine, the stone guardian of the crossroads (a dangerous place where evil lurks and accident are prone to happen) or perhaps a public building.
Not a day goes by when any one of the spirits is overlooked; offerings are placed inside cars, taxis, and even on motorbikes to ensure a safe journey. Much of their time is thus taken up with rituals, ceremomies and festivals but it all forms part of Balinese concept of living in harmony and peace.
For the Balinese then, religion is not something confined to certain days or limited to one place. It is colourfully apparent in every home and village, a unique faith which has woven together religious ideas from the Indian, the Chinese and the Javanese and added something which is essencially Bali.
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