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Traditional Balinese House

 

A traditional Balinese house is consist of 4 main buildings. Building that is located in the north which is called Bale Daja. Building located in the east which is called Bale Dangin. The one in west part of the house is called Bale Dauh and a kitchen which usually located in the south part of the house. Each of this building has different purpose. Basic function is all the same as place for housing. But during traditional or religious activities, each building has its own function.

Bale Daja which is located in the north part of the house is intended for the elderly people. There is only one room in Bale Daja which occupied by the oldest generation who live in the house. If ceremony is held, this is usually the place for the senior guest who came to witness the ceremony or the one who has high rank in a government. If a priest is coming with the family, the family member normally seated in the north building.

East part of the house is normally consist of an open building which is called Bale Dangin (means East Building). This is the place where normally the offering and all material for the ceremony are placed. If the ceremony is intended for human, the priest will lead the ceremony from this bulding. If there are guests coming visit the house, this is normally place to host them. It doesn’t have room, just an open air building.

West part of the house is the most populated one. The building is called Bale Dauh which means West Building. This building normally intended for normal housing because it has many rooms. Not like Bale Daja which only has 1 room and Bale Dangin which is an open air building.

The last is the building located on the south part of the house. It is called Bale Delod which means south building. This is also intended for housing purpose. Sometimes a house doesn’t have south building, instead this location is filled by a kitchen. Or it’s located in the same building with the kitchen.  

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