Living in Bali – The House Blessing Ceremony

Bali is after all the “Island of the Gods”… so I guess it should have come as no surprise that before construction could start on our house in Canggu there had to be a ceremony.

The village priest officiates at the blessing ceremony

The village priest officiates at the blessing ceremony

The house blessing ceremony was required because the land was part of a rice paddy field so to ensure harmony Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice and fertility, has to give permission to use the land for building on.

The local priest and those in the village directly associated with the new house are involved and everybody took it all very seriously.

Villagers associated with the new house must take part in the blessing ceremony

Villagers associated with the new house must take part in the blessing ceremony

Rice from the land and some other offerings are put in to a box and taken to the village rice temple, harmony is assured and the construction can begin.

The priest and the offerings during the house blessing ceremony

The priest and the offerings during the house blessing ceremony

Quite a difference to the last house we built in Brisbane some 20 years earlier where the principal ceremony seemed to be the subbies getting to the local pub before 4 in the afternoon!

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