10 Unusual Sights in Bali

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Bali has a wealth of unusual sights and events that you will encounter on your first or even next visit to this culturally-rich island. It is this vibrant culture that is mainly responsible for the island’s uniqueness and isdeeply rooted in the main religion, aptly known as ‘Balinese Hinduism’. Besides rituals and ceremonies that take place almost daily – from the smallest household compounds to the many majestic temples around – one can witness the many different aspects of the culturethrough static objects and items, some so ubiquitous that they’re around you everywhere you look. These will surely draw your curiosity, so here we try to explain and provide you with some answers to the 10 most unusual things you’ll likely see in Bali.

1. Offerings – anywhere, anytime!

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