Bali Galang’s Bali Culture conservation

The word "Conservation" has been very frequently heard occasionally, especially if it relate to Balinese culture, which believed to be an extraordinary valuable asset for Indonesia. At present, the government has carried out the so-called conservation. The project consists of establishing the long list database of Bali culture, together with their current status of existence. Various institutions tend to work in this model of conservation, where one-way participation came down to the community and not the other way around. The community often kept silence.

It is undeniable that these data are useful; unfortunately it is not enough to be called conservation. Bali Galang Foundation is going to take part of it from the other point of view. The "Participative conservation" is referred to the most difficult part of the culture called the community. Due to the fact that the community is often dynamic and mobile, they are beyond the reach of catalogues and data banks. The status changed all the time. In Bali, community is the most important part of culture. They are continuously changed, because the culture itself is alive.

Project Proposal

Vision Statement
  • Empowering Balinese community to conserve their own cultural potentials.

  • Encourage community active-participation while making all efforts to purify and put them on the higher esteem of appreciations.

  • Rediscover the lost cultural heritage.

  • Broadcast the findings, back to the community and through out the world.
Target and goals
  • Target: Conservation of the Balinese cultural heritage by empowering community self responsibility, stimulating the community awareness by showing them all the benefits sourced from it.

  • Goals: Returning the moral of Balinese way of life back to the positive contents their existing cultural heritage.
The Bad News
  • There have been moral degradation in many aspects of the Balinese living culture.

  • People became more emotional and temperamental.

  • Doing things beyond the awareness of their culture, religion, and their famous community consciousness backgrounds (Tri Hita Karana)

  • The basic measurements of life norms tend to lean toward the material world.

  • The diminishing of the sense of togetherness, mutual understanding and cooperative work (Gotong Royong tradition).
  • Being imposed to the external situation, the gap between generation, caste of society, political group and individual, have been widening. The practice of emphasizing such differences for the sake of self esteems rapidly growing.

  • Balinese culture being compete with individualisms that demand efficiency, profitability and global competition which are highly published through external publications.

  • Culture no longer be a moral shelter, some have deem it as sellable commodity, some as heavy uselessness payload to bear.

  • The charisma of cultural and spiritual leaders have been competed against the charisma of politician and businessman who are promising instant success and achievements.
The Good News
  • Not every aspects have been badly polluted by the degradations. Small part of the community highly aware of the situation. Individual participation did not work as expected. Collective cooperation is the only way out.

  • The ever improving technology grants efficient tools awaiting to be used for the best benefit of cultural preservations.
Can Balinese culture survive?
  • No, if no no one aware of it
    • Many elements of culture had been extinct.
    • Poorly maintained regeneration of culture.
    • Culture have been mistreated for the sake of business oriented activities.
  • No, if even the Balinese is unsure if there is any benefit conserving them. This caused by improper understanding and narrow minded judgments.
  • Yes, as long as the community agreed and committed to a vision, that the beauty of their culture is something worth to fight for, and if the strong will of conservation came from their own choice of mind.
  • Yes, if the conservations lead to the right direction and not being misinterpreted as the act of lips service in the eyes of tourism and outside party.
How to deal with it?
  • Helping the community to rediscover spiritual refreshing and enlightenment from the act of conserving their ancient cultural heritages like babad, lontar, geguritan, sesajen, dances, wayang, drama, etc.

  • Together with the community to bring up culture to the high esteems, place it to the proper grade before being trade as commodity.
Yayasan Bali Galang Programs
  • Stage I:
    • Babad Bali web-site.
    • Digital Lontar library “Cupumanik Astagina”

  • Stage II:
    • Bali cultural enthronement projects
Babad Bali Web-Site
  • A cultural publication in the web, which invites curiosity and easy to follow guides to:

    • Impure the image of Babad epics to its proper position which is neutral and factual.
    • Create interactive Babad and family tree on the web, collecting from the entire community, finding relationships, and joining them into a enormous relative ties of the big family of Balinese.
    • Include all related aspects such as Pura (temples), Purana (the history of temples), Awig-awig (community rules & order), Pewarigaan (Balinese calendar system), Sesajen (offerings), Mantra (prayers), Geguritan (Song of adorations), Pesantian (discussion forum), etc.
Digital Lontar Library
  • A digital Lontar library package which:

    • Enable hassle-free public access to the collections of Lontar in the form of digital image recorded in CDs.
    • Digital duplication, image-sharpening.
    • Manual transliteration and translation.
    • To gain access to sacred lontars kept in the palaces and temples or public-owned lontars, and with the permission of the owner, publishing the contents to the community for the sake of cultural study and information.
    • Avoid physical contact with the original recorded lontars for the most optimum preservations.
Glorifying Balinese culture
  • Encourage active participation from entire community by stimulating their awareness towards the supreme quality of Balinese culture.

  • To open the access to the endangered culture elements through national and worldwide publications.

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The Funding
  • Up to present, Babad Bali website had been put in to operation since April 2000. The funding sourced from the donation of the founder and participants of Yayasan Bali Galang foundation.

  • For the next stages, with the proven masterpiece in the web, the foundation welcomes all donation from parties aware towards the culture conservation of Bali.
  • The financial reports will be published transparently in the web and updated quarterly, accessible worldwide.

  • The progress will be significantly shown by the growing traffic of the web activity, while the off-web-site activities will also be reported and updated up to the minute.
  • Contact us at:
    Yayasan Bali Galang
    Address: Jalan Patih Nambi 6, Denpasar 80116, Bali, Indonesia.
    Phone   : + 62 (361) 424291
    Fax       : + 62 (361) 416655
    Bank account: BCA - KCP Maluku - Account No. 0490 289 666

         Donny Harimurti