Canang is everywhere in Bali.
“Why do they put them almost every where? Because our life is everywhere and god is everywhere.”
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:
- Canang explained by Bali Silent Retreat’s cultural advisor.
- Get the scoop from a Balinese priest in the Bali Daily by the Jakarta Post.
- The prefab canang phenomena – prefab sprout photo essay on marklchaves.com.
Feature photo taken by Wiwit Ristu.