Don’t air-dry your laundry above head when in Bali

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Penglipuran tourist village in Kubu district, Bangli regency, Bali. (Source: Bali Tourism Office)

Furthermore, clotheslines should not be set up arbitrarily, like in the middle of the yard or in front of the house entrance. It should be installed a little to the corner and out of sight. “Usually in the countryside, they often dry clothes using a stretched rope and children often pass under it. This is forbidden, so parents must supervise their children,” said Ida.

What if this belief is violated? Ida said the person may experience headaches. Ida also said that in every yard or area of the house dwelled by Hindus there must be a Penugun Karang Pelinggih (a type of shrine) whose height is approximately the same as the height of humans in general. Balinese believe that it is the spiritual guardian who guards the courtyard when people are sleeping.

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“If we dry our clothes above our heads, of course it is unethical to exceed Penugun Karang Pelinggih, who is our guardian,” concluded Ida. So, for you who are planning to go to Bali, please be mindful and respectful of this custom. (rr)