Went to Tirta Empul today and got purified. It’s a Balinese temple built in 962 AD that is based around a spring that feeds water to the fountains. Balinese come here for the spiritual cleansing and blessing. The holy water pours through 30 fountains and has been doing so for over a thousand years. After changing into a sarong, you step into the spring water on the far left. It’s cold and there are many fish just like in a koi pond. The holy water has three purposes: Cleaning bad spirits, then prosperity, and then purifying the body and soul. As I was explained, you start with the 2nd fountain and move left to right, skipping 11 and 12 because those are used to provide holy water for cremation ceremonies only. After 13, which is used to purify bad/evil dreams, you move into the 2nd pool which contains only 2 fountains and then a 3rd pool with the remaining fountains and you go right to left in reverse. Most people spend on average 10-15 seconds under each fountain. All religions can participate. There’s definitely more ritual involved in Balinese Hindu than I can comprehend. Prayers with yellow flowers in hand which is giving thanks for the sun and so on. #tirtaempul#bali
Finished driving around the edges of Bali I have yet to see so far. Around 10hrs with a stop for water. A couple 4hr blocks of not seeing any foreigners. This was my favorite color wise up in north east bali.
Fish sate, bowl of veggies/sprouts/chilis/shredded coconut, some pork broth with maybe skin or similar part, rice, sambal, some popcorn and coconut. // The fish was caught this morning and Nyoman insisted that he already ate and this was just for me. I couldn't finish this. His wife cut a banana leaf off in their yard and made me a togo wrap of rice and bag of food.