Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bali: Days 17-18

Wednesday, July 14, 2010:

On Wednesday morning instead of attending gamelan rehearsal as we would usually do, we all went to a Balinese wedding at the sanggar instead.

It was very interesting to be present at such a ceremony.

At one point I felt as if I was at some sort of entertainment event as snacks and soda were passed out for all to enjoy.  It was raining in the morning, so we were all crowded under the bale roofs.

Check out that hair!

I was on the west bale and had a good view of the East bale where the tooth filing ceremony took place.  The front six teeth on the top are filed down to represent the six vices, though most people can only remember anger and greed.  Tooth filing ceremonies do not have to be performed as part of a wedding, but in this case the bride (a Chinese-Canadian) chose to do so.

Most of the time I didn't know what was going on during the wedding, but it was enjoyable all the same.

Thursday, July 15, 2010:

Believe it or not, Thursday was actually a pretty typical day.  It was our last day of rehearsals before our final performance and it was also my last day of mask carving.  What do you think?

There was an accident involving the chisel and the forehead of my mask

Here are a couple masks that my teacher had made:


  1. Most Hindu ceremonies are heavy on food. It's certainly a good way to get people to come to them.

    Not bad for a first-time maskmaker. Maybe if the music thing doesn't work out, you could move to Bali and pursue it as a backup? ;-)

  2. I love your mask! The chisel chip on the forehead gives it character - it looks like a jolly type of person who has a scar from a mysterious incident.

  3. WHOA! What a great adventure for you in Bali!!!

  4. The mask making is incredible. That's very neat. I enjoyed the photos from the wedding ceremony as well. I'm going to have to google the tooth-filling, though. I'm curious about that.

  5. I have to admit that the teeth filing sounds a bit scary...

    Your mask is wonderful!! I also love the masks of your teacher. They are very impressive. Are they used for performance at all? Or are they meant to be purely decorative?