Above all in the Balinese religion there is a striving for balance at all times – between good and evil, between the seen and the unseen, between man and the gods, community, and nature. Many dances and rituals are focused towards the pursuit of balance, even the little hand-made offerings made of leaves, flowers and food that you’ll see being hand-made and offered several times a day. (For more info on offerings see link ‘Offerings’ here.

Ubud, like the rest of Bali, is home to countless temples, encircled by walls, with decorative gates and guarded by stone statues. (For more information on temples, see ‘Temples’).

Mount Agung is sacred to the Balinese, viewed as the home of the gods, and the ancestors reside there too. The most important temple on the island is here, and can be easily visited from Ubud.

Balinese everyday life is inextricably intertwined with religious practices. The large number of meticulous daily rituals and temple ceremonies in which the whole community is expected to participate, make a visit here infinitely colourful and fascinating.