Bali, Indonesia
International > Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island.

The island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism, followed by 13.4% Muslim, Christianity at 2.5%, and Buddhism 0.5%.

Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali.

Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about 7 times as many as in the entire Caribbean. Most recently, Bali was the host of the 2011 ASEAN Summit, 2013 APEC and Miss World 2013.

Bali was inhabited around 2000 BC by Austronesian people who migrated originally from Southeast Asia and Oceania through Maritime Southeast Asia.

In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Waisnawa, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead.
Inscriptions from 896 and 911 don't mention a king, until 914, when Sri Kesarivarma is mentioned. They also reveal an independent Bali, with a distinct dialect, where Buddhism and Sivaism were practiced simultaneously.

Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, beginning around the 1st century AD.
Write your comment now

SiliconIndia:    About us   |   Contact Us   |   Help   |   Community rules   |   Advertise with us   |   Sitemap
News:     Technology   |   Enterprise   |   Gadgets   |   Startups   |   Finance   |  Business   |  Career   |  Magazine   |  Newsletter   |   News archive  |  RSS RSS
Cities:     CEO  |  Startup  | Mobile  | CIO  |  Women  |  BI  |  HR  |  SME  |  Cloud  |  Marketing  |  QA  |  Java  | Web Developer
Community:      Members   |   Blogs   |   Indian Entrepreneurs   |   Gyan   |   Advice  |   Community   |   Find   |   CXO Insights
Online courses:   Web developer   |  Java developer   |  CCNA training   |   SEO   |   SAS   |   SQL server 2005   |   J2EE
Education:   MBA   |  MCA   |  Engineering   |  Training Institute
Life:      Real Estate   |   Travel   |   Finance   |   Gadgets   |   Movie Reviews   |   Jokes

Send your feedback and help us continue to improve SiliconIndia
© 2015 InfoConnect Web Technologies India Pvt Ltd. all rights reserved