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    Sidemen

    One of the places in Bali with strong spiritual aura is Sidemen Valley located in Karangasem East Bali in the foot of Mount Agung. Many spiritual magic men are said to be staying here. Many Balinese believe that health problems and natural disasters are caused by evil spirits, so whenever a problem occurs they go to the Dukun (spiritual doctor) in Balinese Balian. Balians also support ceremonial occasions such as weddings.

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    Batubulan

    The word Batubulan means Moonstone in Indonesian. You will find countless stone statues big and small along the village street. The stones used are volcanic tuff, soft and suitable for detailed carving. Also Batubulan is famous for Barong dance and Kecak dances, it is said that the first Kecak dance ever performed in Bali was here.

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    Celuk

    A village famous for Gold and silver smiths, you will see many “Silver & Gold” signs along the street. Their speciality is to form the silver into an extremely thin thread and to shape it into flowers and insects such as butterflies and dragon flies. The detailed craft is amazing. You can also find many kinds of Gamelan ball for good luck, suitable for souvenirs or to keep for your own good luck.

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    Bona

    Well known as a village for producing baskets and chairs made from bamboo and coconuts. But even more famous for Kacak and Sanghyang (trance) dance performances. Originally these dances were magical ceremonies served to god in case of natural disasters and health problems, although it has become a touristic attraction, to see the way the dancers go into trance should be a valuable experience.

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    Desa Tenganan

    The village of Tenganan is famous as an aboriginal village known as Bali Aga. An important part of Bali Aga culture is the complex Tie-dye technique used to make Bali’s traditional geringsing double ikat. Bali’s Tenganan village is the only village that today still produces geringsing. In geringsing, both the cotton warp and weft threads are carefully dyed and cross-dyed before weaving; the finished pattern only emerges as the cloth is woven. It is believed that geringsing has the power to prevent diseases and evil spirits.