Photography by Moritz Lips.
On the third day after our arrival on Bali we headed up north towards Ubud together with our driver Wayan Adiarsa* - on our way there one of the stops was the temple of Batuan. Every village has their own temple where the people living there gather once a week to pray. As a stranger, even if you're local, but from another village, you are not allowed to enter the temple during prayers. Once we arrived we were given a sarong before entering the temple. In Indonesia they all used to wear sarong, but since the introduction of pants and skirts the sarong remains mostly for prayer and isn't used in everyday life anymore.
I am not a religious person, but I have deep respect for every religion there is in this world and am happy to discover them. The Balinese culture and religion (more than 80% are Hindu) couldn't be more different than the one I am used to in Europe so it was very interesting to get to know all the habits and the tradition that goes along with it, being inside the temple was one of those experiences.
More photos from our "exploration-day" coming soon!
*Interesting fact about Balinese names; the firstborn is named Wayan or Gede or Putu, the second Made or Kadek, the third Nyoman or Komang, and the fourth Ketut.
If you want a cool local tour guide / driver for the day just write to Wayan: