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Balinese Pitek, Emily
The Balinese people live on the island of Bali, which has been a part of the Republic of Indonesia since 1950. The Balinese religious beliefs are described as a Malayo-Polynesian culture influenced by Hinduism; key features include religious practitioners (priests), offerings, prayers, and rituals, as well as belief in gods and ancestral spirits. Religious beliefs are central to the Balinese culture, and settlements are focused around the temple, and villages are defined as "the people who worship at a common village temple, not as a territorial unit" (McCauley, 2010). This entry focuses on the general religious beliefs of the Balinese, ca. 1958.
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