May 17, 2018
THE KECAK DANCE: DANCING FOR THE GODS AT ULUWATU TEMPLE
A Balinese Dance performance is a "must see" for any trip to Bali. Uluwatu Temple, one of the 5 most sacred temples located on the Bukit Penninsula, is dramatically perched on a rock cliff facing the ocean with waves crashing below and is located just 14 Kilometers from The Longhouse. As the sun sets every night the Kecak Dance is performed here in this dramatic setting.
This breathtaking performance recreates a portion of the Ramayana story together with concentric circles of chanting male performers. After Sita is spirited away by the evil demon king, Rama, her royal husband, enlists the support of the Garuda and Hanuman, the monkey king to win her back. We won't spoil the surprise ending just after darkness falls.
If you can choose only one dance on your trip to Bali, this is the one!
May 8, 2018
MELUKAT: WATER PURIFICATION CEREMONY
Wellness is at the heart of The Longhouse and we’re excited to share a brand-new addition to our offerings. Aiming to cleanse and purify the human body and soul, the traditional Melukat ceremony is embedded in the spiritual Balinese way of life.
The ceremony takes place at the beautiful, traditional home of our Balian (Balinese priest), in the village within a short walk of The Longhouse. Guests are provided with traditional attire (sarong and sash) to wear, whilst holy water and flowers are gently poured over the body as prayers are being chanted.
The ritual is known to cleanse the body and mind, refresh the soul, and dissolve negative influences. Guests will leave the ceremony feeling tranquil, soothed, and rejuvenated!
Do note that there is a small cost for taking part in this activity.