Canang

Canang is everywhere in Bali.

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Daily Offerings

“Why do they put them almost every where? Because our life is everywhere and god is everywhere.”

Sangtu from Bali Silent Retreat

Canang with cigarette - Bali Street Photographer Ubud Bali
Yes. Even cigarettes make a respectable offering.
Canang Sari - Bali Street Photographer Ubud
Dupa (incense) carries the sari (essence) of the banten (offering) to God, ancestors, and nature–Pasar Ubud, Bali.

What are these little baskets of flowers and incense that we almost trip over when walking the streets of Ubud? These baskets are called canang and the offerings (flowers, mints, candy, incense, and sometimes cigarettes) are called the sari or essence. Canang sari is a form of banten or offering that is woven deep in the fabric of Balinese culture.

I’ll go out-on-a-limb to say that if you understand canang sari, then you understand Bali.

Now, watch your step.

Read more about canang here:

Feature photo taken by Wiwit Ristu.

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