What are Balinese ‘offerings’? By Ruben

And try not to stand on the offerings! 🙂

The Brooks Family Big Adventure

Offerings outside the gates of the house

Lots of countries in Asia give ‘offerings’, because they believe that people should give back what the Gods give to them. The small baskets are called ‘canang sari ‘ and these are offered to their Gods three times a day, every day. You normally see them outside of people’s shops or homes. These offering baskets will include food, money, cigarettes, flowers and small sticks that you light with a match and let off a nice smell, called incense. These offerings aren’t only for the Gods; there are many stray dog and cats in Bali, where we are currently staying, and they usually end up eating the food part themselves!

Offering peace to the spirits brings good luck and good health to the family. It is seen as a duty and an honor at the same time, and in Balinese perspective a very natural thing to maintain a good relationship between…

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