Six Bali Undercover
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BALI UNDERCOVER – TATTOO
Tattoo has been a form of art since thousands of years ago, practiced by many cultures and tribes all around the world. Many believe that tattoo is the most personal form of art expression. There are various reasons why one would simply get the everlasting mark onto their skin. Some use it to celebrate milestones and/or events, or just simply to cover scars.
Bali has many Tattoo parlors, most of them spread in tourism center such as Kuta and Sanur. It has been increasingly popular in the recent times, as well as with the number of people who is coming to this place. One of the most popular reasons is that because the cheaper price than tattoo parlors in many European/Western countries.
Do not to worry, as most of tattoo parlors around the island understood about sterilization procedure, this to ensure you will served professionally. However, do mind that Bali has a humid and pretty warm weather, thus it would take longer for sensitive-skin person to heal after their tattoo procedure finished.
If you have limited time but still interested in getting tattoos in the island, it is better to have an advance booking.
SHROOMS AKA MAGIC MUSHROOMS
Perhaps the most natural substance one can find around. The effect of this substance comes from the active chemical named psilocybin. This same chemical happen to be found in at least 190 edible mushrooms. Although in Indonesia it is illegal and treated the same as weed, ‘shrooms is still attainable with a little bit of surroundings research around the island.
‘Shrooms gets the user hallucinated. Whether a good one or bad, it depends on the user’s mood when consuming it. User could experience the happiest hallucination or the worst as bad as watching someone’s killed whatsoever. This require the responsibility of users to consume it with good mood and trustworthy peers. Mood swings, panic attack, and psychosis (detachment from reality) are some of the side effects.
Although natural, it does not necessarily harmless. Research found that there are possibilities of disturbing the normal function of the brain. There are reports in the future it would cause flashbacks like the feeling and thoughts reply the effects of being on the drug. Moreover, some reports it causes impaired memory.
BALI’S GODFATHERSare usually known better as social clubs or communities. Many of the groups were created based on the passionate feelings they have about the island, and aimed to protect Bali from external threats. Communities that are flourishing today are including Laskar Bali, Baladika, and Pemuda Bali Bersatu (PBB). Rumour has it that they are brutal, and violence is common among them. Nevertheless, the main purpose of these people are said to protect Bali. It is however unclear of what kind of threats they are trying to defend Bali from. Most of the case, the interpretation to protect Bali is narrowed down to “expelled foreigners”.
These communities are more publicly known more as gangs rather communities. Some of the communities are also believed to be part of some political parties. Even though they have some sort of positive social activities, it is mostly used to cover the behind-the-scenes activities. The most normal activities for its members are being securities that guard several well-known hang out spots and clubs in Southern part of Bali.
CRUISIN’ THE GAY BARS
LGBT communities are not politically acknowledged by the Indonesian government. However, it is not uncommon to find several LGBT hang out spots, especially in Bali. This island is well known as not only international melting pot, but also gay-friendly place. It is common to see gay scenes in public places, with all the gay bars and accommodations especially in Seminyak area.
Balinese culture does not acknowledge gay culture in the society, neither does they oppose it. Local people tend to act indifferently with gay phenomenon. This is caused by the strong and rooted Hindu and social culture that the Balinese believed in.
All of the gay bars and hang out spots concentrated in Dhyana Pura St. in Seminyak. Some of the popular gay bars perhaps are Joe Bar, Face Bar, and Mixwell. Not only they usually performs GoGo boys, it is somehow a concentrated spot where gays interacted and can be relax, embracing their true identity.
Southern part of Bali is more accepting and open-minded than the Northern part of the island regarding LGBT acceptability. Nevertheless, regardless the gay-ness in you, it would be better to avoid public display affection too much since it is not a cultural norm in the island.
TAJEN: BALI’S TRADITIONAL COCKFIGHT GAME
Tajen has been more than just a ritual in for many of Balinese men. This cockfight game has rooted and practiced since before the 10th century, as a part of evil purification in Tabuh Rah (Pouring Blood) ritual. The blood of the chicken that is poured in the game is the offerings made to expel the evil spirit.
Tajen derived from the word Tajian, which in this case, means the blade that is tied to the chicken leg. It is a religious event which still practiced in several temples in Bali. However, Tajen outside of the religious purpose is considered illegal after 1981, especially if there is gambling involved. That does not stop the local to do it, anyway.
For some people, this event is considered cruel and inhumane, yet for Balinese men it is the social culture and norm, and inseparable from their daily lives. Some men prepared their roosters since years before the game and the rooster is part of their pride. It is normal to find them boasting about their champion.
Even though it is popular, Tajen is a men thing. You would never see local women participate, not even watch, the game. The closer participation of the women usually are selling snacks and soft drinks nearby the Tajen area.
Tajen as a part of ritual should always be protected although law enforcers still have a hard time to stop the illegal games outside the temple. If you are happen to be invited to watch Tajen, we would not discourage you to decline it, yet if you take it, big chance you will experience a different side of Balinese culture.
SLICE OF RED-LIGHT DISTRICT AT DANAU TEMPE STREET
Bali has its own unofficial red-light district, located along Ngurah Rai By Pass road, concentrated in Danau Tempe Street. The business that happens in the area taking place in ordinary houses or local bars. It is locally known not only by domestic travelers, but also international visitors.
The interesting part, most of the sex workers in the area come from Banyuwangi, East Java. It is rare to find local Balinese selling their body in the area. The targeted market for these women usually the labors. Therefore, their rate is affordable in general. The practice usually take place in small bungalows in the narrow path that existed along the street. Some karaoke bars also open for service, usually used by some people as a prelude before the main session.
The area itself not only fulfilled with sex-workers doing transactions, hotels and private villas are also exist. However, their existence is overshadowed with the reputation the area has.
However, Danau Tempe street is not the only unofficial red-light district area in Bali, some hidden yet locally known area namely in Denpasar and Kuta. Some of the famous spots are in Sesetan street, or Renon area.
Source : http://www.ciousmagz.com/six-bali-undercover/