You might think that this is a really awful heading and that its cruel to sacrifice live animals, but I have to remember I am now living in Bali and that these are their beliefs and this is part of the Balinese Hindu religion.
Last week I read an article in the paper about a few ducks, a black goat and some chickens that were thrown into Benoa Bay from the new bypass road. They were live sacrifices to the Hindu God of the Sea (Baruna).
"Our desire is that for those of us who work on the sea on the Bali Mandira Toll Road can be granted protection and ease from all disturbances in performing our duties by the Almighty Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa. We seek protection both now and throughout out all of 2015”. Technical Manager for PT Jasamarga Bali Toll IGLB Wira Wibawa explained
All the people who worked on the toll road watched as the animals were sacrificed.
The Balinese are scared of the ocean because they think that monsters live in the sea and cause lots of bad things like floods, tsunamis and drownings.
I haven’t written much about the Hindu religion yet but it’s actually a very big part of Balinese life. It impacts their day to day life which all revolves around their religion. It’s fascinating and very colorful and I’ll be writing more in my future blogs.