Tenganan Village

Tenganan Village is undoubtedly one of the rarest places in Bali. Unlike other villages, Tenganan is not inhabited by Hindus as in other areas of Bali but by the original Balinese people known as Bali Aga, a small proportion of the population has retained their pre-Hindu beliefs and traditions. They did not have a caste system and they also did not apply other Balinese Hindu traditions such as cremation, they chose to bury their dead instead. Desa Tenganan has always been strictly isolated from the outside world and even marriage is only permitted among fellow villagers. Those who do not comply with village rules will be excluded from the village, and it is not surprising that the village population is diminishing and today there are only around 500 people living there.

A village with a square shape and a square plan consists of only two parallel roads and is surrounded by a long boundary wall. Simple houses with their alang-alang roofs look like Polynesian longhouses. The view of the village is also filled with the presence of several temples and pavilions, roosters in cages, dogs and cows that roam the streets. Apart from some modern electric poles, the architecture is mostly still original. Because the people of Bali Aga see themselves as artists and preservers of their religion, their village not only has a unique style of building but also its people practice very different dances, which are cultural expressions. One of the famous crafts of this village is the valuable art of double weaving fabric. These woven fabrics and typical Balinese hand-drawn maps with macadamia ink on bamboo leaves can be purchased at kiosks. There are no mass-produced handicrafts and on the contrary everything is handmade in a long and complicated process, which of course can be bought as a souvenir.