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A traditional communication system

29 January 2015

If you wander down Jl Kartika Plaza, or through the gardens of some of the hotels in the South Kuta Beach area, you might just spot a traditional communication system in the form of a wooden bell positioned at the top of a tower. This is known as a kul-kul and you’ll find them all over Bali. Inseparable from the cultural and religious life of the local communities, the kul-kul plays a significant role in the everyday lives of the Balinese Hindu people. 

Every village temple and every ‘banjar’ (traditional village council) has its own kul-kul, which is usually hung within an open-sided pavilion standing upon four pillars and sheltered by a roof. From here, the sound can be heard over a wide area and will immediately attract attention.

The beat of the kul-kul in the temple indicates the start and end of formal ceremonies, while various other rhythms are used by the banjar to signal different events such as the notification of a marriage or a passing, a signal for help in the case of an emergency such as a house fire, or notification of community meetings. For most events, the kul-kul is sounded in two or three rounds, starting with a slow frequency that then becomes faster, before slowing down again. This ancient and highly effective method of communication has changed very little over the years. Despite the presence of the telephone, TV and radio, internet and mobile phones, the kul-kul is still the most effective method of making an announcement or summoning the members of a village.

 

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08 Feb 2015 12:02:04

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08 Feb 2015 12:02:04

Kuta Beach - Badung - Bali Indonesia For travelers domestic and foreign tourists, enjoy the twilight in Bali Island was incomplete if not see the sunset in Kuta Beach. Kuta Beach and Sanur Beach are different, Sanur Beach is more attractive because the beauty of the sunrise. In addition panoramic sunset, Kuta Beach also presents a view of a pretty impressive, which is curved lines beaches crescent shaped with white sand along the + 2 km. Before transformed into a leading tourist attraction, Formerly Kuta Beach is one of the trading port in Bali Island, which became the center of the marketing of agricultural produce rural communities with buyers from outside. In the 19th century, Mads Lange, a trader from Denmark, settled and established headquarters of trade in Kuta Beach. Through his skills to negotiate, Mads Lange be an intermediary trade between the kings in Bali with the Netherlands. In its development, Kuta Beach start famous after Hugh Mahbett published book called Praise to Kuta. The book contains an invitation to the local communities to prepare tourism facilities for the support the development of tourist visits to Kuta Beach. Through the book, discourse about the development of tourism facilities increasingly rampant, so that the construction of lodging, restaurants, and entertainment venues increasing. Visit http://www.kuta.co

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