Trippy Travel photo 31, of ‘penjors’ (special bamboo/palm leaf flags), was taken in Sanur, Bali, in Indonesia. They caught my eye because of their beauty and the way they were dancing in the wind, over the beach.
Made of long bamboo poles, decorated in coconut leaves, they are a symbol of gratitude in the Balinese Hinduism. (To learn more, see the end of the post.)
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And the Winner Is…
Emma Chapman of Dillon’s Bungalows and Restaurant in Amed, Bali! I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when the gorgeous bungalows were under construction and was fortunate to eat a meal cooked by her husband. The food was divine!
Anyway, she guessed it because she lives in Bali and has seen many penjors over the years. Also, she visits Sanur Beach relatively often and has seen them there a lot.
The Answer: Penjors
The objects in the photo are penjors–long, curved bamboo poles decorated with coconut leaves and a holy offering placed at the base–which are used for important Balinese ceremonies. They represent the mountain as a symbol of the universe and more specifically Mount Agung, the highest and holiest mountain in Bali.
They are typically used at Galungan time–when spirits of deceased relatives (who have been cremated) come to visit their former homes. Those currently living in the home are supposed to offer them hospitality. They are often seen on the side of roads.
Penjors, however, are not just for religious purposes; they’re also seen elsewhere and used for other reasons. The ones in the photo, from what I recall, were being used at a wedding on the beach in Sanur. Sometimes they are utilized at hotels and shows, too, wherever there are guests to be honored.
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