Bali lies directly north of Australia, the middle pearl in the necklace of islands stretching from Malaysia to New Guinea — which comprise the modern nation of Indonesia.
Geographically small but culturally immense, Bali has fascinated and influenced visitors for centuries. Combining elements of Hinduism and Buddhism with earlier animist beliefs, Balinese religion pervades all aspects of everyday life. Every human activity, from rice growing to massive temple ceremonies, is approached with ritual and reverence.
Balinese performing arts occupy a central place in the life of every village, and continue to inspire artists and students of culture around the world.