Munduk, Bali, Indonesia.
Yesterday we were invited to an important ceremony by the family who owned the guest house we were staying at. The ceremony was for the 3 month old baby of the owners son. It is Balinese tradition not to name the baby until three months after it is born, also the baby in considered to be divine and it not allowed to touch the ground at all for the first three months. This ceremony is like a second birth, the baby is named and touches the ground for the first time. From this point on the baby belongs to the parents and not the gods. The ceremony was so interesting, a local priest performed the rituals with the help of the women of the family. It seemed that the oldest members of the family helped most in performing the rituals. The whole ceremony took more the three hours, during which the three month old baby didn’t cry once!
10:00 PM on Friday 7th September 2012