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A Walk on the Wild Side, Ubud, Bali

It’s easy to get off the beaten track in Ubud.

The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Recently Murni and I took  two of our guests at Murni’s Houses for a walk on the wild side. It only took five minutes to be in the rice paddies and amongst the coconut and palm trees. It’s on our doorstep.

Coconut Tree

Coconut Tree

We got up at 7 am. It was already light and the temperature was wonderfully cool.  Wildlife and humans were stirring.

Snail, Ubud, Bali

Snail, Ubud, Bali

We walked down the slope to the main road, crossed over and we were soon surrounded by a thousand shades of green.

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

There were people going to work on their bicycles…

Cyclist, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

and bicycles just waiting for the owners to take them for a spin.

Bicycle, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Bicycle, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

There were geometric shapes:

Banana Tree, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Banana Tree, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

… and if you looked carefully new life was bursting forth.

New Life, Ubud, Bali

New Life, Ubud, Bali

Wildflowers add a touch of colour to the overwhelming green backdrop.

Wildflower, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Wildflower, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Works of art in the shape of rice paddies reflected the sky above and hard labour below, and centuries of it.

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

Rice Paddy, The Ridge, Ubud, Bali

After several hours we were back to the modern world of cars and motorbikes, but at least the first motortbike was green.

Motorbike, Ubud, Bali

Motorbike, Ubud, Bali

There’s more about Rice in Secrets of Bali.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com

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New Spa Ceremony in Ubud, Bali

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

1st June was not just a day, it was an auspicious day, and it was not just an auspicious day, it was a triply auspicious day.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

The Balinese believe in auspicious days. They are coincidence days, rather like Friday 13th.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

So 1st June was a very good day to have the blessing for the opening of The Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses, Ubud, Bali.

The weather was glorious, which made it a quadruply auspicious day.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Early in the morning Murni and her family and friends prepared the numerous offerings of fruit and flowers, rice and spices, and I even noticed a cooked chicken.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

On such days the priests are very busy carrying out ceremonies. We were lucky that he showed up around noon, which made it more challenging for photographs.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

He brought his bell, which resonated throughout, and his mantras, and his mudras, which are sacred hand gestures.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

The women sprinkled holy water over every corner of the spa, both inside and out. Balinese Hinduism is not called the holy water religion for nothing.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

A piece of cloth with magical symbols for protection was attached to the eaves, never to be removed.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

A bamboo pole was burnt over a small fire until it exploded frightening away any malevolent spirits that might have been lurking about.

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

Tamarind Spa at Murni's Houses

After a couple of hours of mantras, ringing bells, and prayers, the ceremony was over and the spa had received the blessing of the gods and was ready to welcome guests.

There are more photographs on www.jonathaninbali.com

There are chapters on Balinese Hinduism, Balinese Calendars, Balinese Ceremonies and Offerings in Secrets of Bali.