My ongoing personal project is documenting metaphysical spirituality that illustrates the close relationship between the Balinese Hindu community with their ancestors in my birthplace, Bali.
Bhakti is always close to Bali’s Hindus as an intense spiritual love and devotion to God. Through religious rituals and offerings, they express themselves to their ancestors and gods in various manifestations with the aim to achieve the freedom of the soul.
Every village in Bali has its own traditional rituals that have long been practiced along with the myths developed in the communities. For example, there is a ritual to be spared the plague, one to gather the gods and another after the rice harvest.
The Balinese believe these rituals provide a balance of nature, including for people, harmonizing the unseen elements and also serving as a form of gratitude to their ancestors. It’s this spirit which is believed to give peace in their lives. I try to depict their expression when implementing the bhakti, which continue to be performed according to the Balinese calendar despite modernization and technological advances.
That is for now. Bali is probably Indonesia’s most famous tourist destination — tourists began arriving in the 1920s — and there can be no avoidance of its effects. I retain a concern that the spirit of the predecessors will be lost in the future. This project is my visual record of how Balinese with a sincere heart always uphold the spirit of the island and maintain their relationship with the gods.