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History

Begawan is located in Payangan’s Melinggih Kelod village, with a thousand-year history as a centre of learning and culture. Payangan is derived from the word “parahyangan,” which means “heaven,” referring to a location where entry to the holy realm is attained through meditation and yoga. Melinggih translates as “sitting,” it was here that Resi Markandeya, an ancient sage in Hindu belief, sat cross-legged to focus his thoughts on Mount Agung in northeast Bali. Begawan translates as “bagawan” or “honorable person,” referring to the three Bagawantha who founded the education centre in Begawan.

Objective

Echoing the experiences of the learning centre of long ago, Begawan, in collaboration with the local community and royal leaders, will develop a Cultural Heritage program that gives students and the community new insight into their own cultural heritage, increasing their sense of belonging and pride in their own history.

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”

Albert Camus

The Experiences

Immersion in Balinese Cultural Heritage
Balinese architecture is a major focus of our cultural heritage program, where students and guests can learn about the unique Balinese design of buildings – temples (Pura) and palaces (Puri). You will investigate the environmental and cultural influences on buildings and homes, as well as the philosophical rules that govern how a building is constructed. Balinese arts provide opportunities to learn painting, sculpture, woodcarving, and handicrafts, while Balinese dance provides opportunities to learn and watch dances at temple festivals, private ceremonies, and public performances. Dynamic and expressive, Barong, Legong, Kecak, Janger, and other Balinese dances form an important part of Balinese religious and artistic expression. Balinese life is full of ceremonies, performed from the time of conception to the time of death. You will be invited to learn about temple blessings, make daily Canang Sari offerings, celebrate Piodalan, Nyepi, Galungan, and Kuningan – times when streets, temples, and compounds are full of life. Each Bali Banjar has its own cultural heritage ceremonies, festivals, and rituals. To obtain the schedule, please contact us directly.

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