Day 8 part 2
I love learning about local traditions, culture and religions while traveling, as well as trying new food, and appreciating the natural beauty of an area. We have found that if you genuinely want to learn about these things, kindly ask. Even if the person doesn’t speak English, by pointing to something (like a statue) with an inquisitive look, their spirit will often light up as they talk about its meaning. I might not always understand what they are saying, but seeing them light up brings such connection and joy.
Our amazing tour guide @BagusBaliOnVacation did a wonderful job sharing details about local culture and Hindu tradition with us. This guy has a passion for travel himself, and speaks INCREDIBLE English. He shared with us the meanings of different areas in a temple, Hindu stories about the Lords/deities, Hindu holiday celebrations and how it affects tourism.
For example, if you are not honoring Nyepi, a holiday for silence in March, your punishment is to clean the village, even if you are a tourist! They honor 24 hour periods of silence and meditation with no electricity, fire, or travel. It is meant to help you connect with God, self, and environment. My experience so far with Indonesians is that they are fully committed to their religion, whether Muslim or Hindu. It is refreshing to see the connection they have with the religion they follow, and they aren’t just blindly following. 🧘♂️
I loved hearing from Bagus about their perception of ‘6th sense’. It very much translated to my belief about a sacred contract that we enter when we are put on Earth, and sometimes spirits will communicate with Earthlings to basically complete their contract or lesson. ♀️
If you don’t agree with a belief of someone, whether traveling or at home, how do you stay open to hearing their belief while still expressing your own? I believe we can be respectful and learn about others beliefs without abandoning our own.
It was so nice to not just see Bagus’s passion but get a great English explanation of so many things. If you are ever in Bali, I highly recommend #BagusBaliOnVacation. (we also saw carvings, waterfalls, and ate over a koi pond)