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Each family has a house temple that is located close to the door of their household. A member of the family makes at least one offering every day to their house temple. In Bali, all objects are believed to have a spirit and are given offerings to recognize those spirits. The house temples are a way of honoring the spirit of the household itself. Upon the completion of a new house and house temple, the entire family visits the larger village temple. They bring offerings to the gods in order to bless the new temple and to bring the good spirits back into the home.


This piece is part of the Bali Soundscapes collection, which features photographs, audio essays, and written essays by Gettysburg College students who took the Language, Culture, & Immigration in Bali course during the summer of 2013. See for more.

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Bali, Indonesia, temple, religion, offering, gods, spirits

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