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In his modern art paintings Iz Maglow also gave his attention to Bali's Religion. He tried to look behind the rites of daily offering, followed numerous temple ceremonies and studied the priests, while they were celebrating their divine services.

Temple ceremonies in Bali are often accompanied by "Tajen" (=cock fighting), where the blood of the loosing cock should ensure the fertility of the coming rice harvests.
At many Balinese ceremonies natural substances like blossoms, herbs, coconut milk and not seldom the blood of freshly sacrificed animals are playing an important roll for the offerings.

There is nearly no place in Bali, that would not get its regular "Banten" (= offerings). In and around the house as well as in the rice fields, at springs, road crossings, bridges or especially old trees lie or hang these holy requisites.

A "Pendeta" (=priest) selects the best days for all important events like tooth-filing, wedding, buying a new car, starting to build a house ... and its accompanied ceremonies by comparing two different calendar systems ("Saka" and "Pawuku").
 

UPACARA PENDETA

UPACARA PENDETA
tempera and acrylic on canvas,
1994, 80 x 80 cm
14194024
private collection
Stuttgart / Germany

Before any Brahman can be a "PENDETA" (=priest) he has to be "born" into his position during a special "UPACARA" (=ceremony).

Later, a priest is searched quite often by the Balinese for his advice and the daily fresh "holy water".

Once Iz Maglow was invited to such an important festivity and he created several paintings with this subject.
 

"TAJEN" TO THE GODS PLEASURE

"TAJEN"
TO THE GODS' PLEASURE

tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
17495063
private collection
Weissach / Germany
 

BLOOD-OFFERINGS FOR HONOR AND FERTILITY

BLOOD-OFFERINGS
FOR HONOUR AND FERTILITY

tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095066
public collection
Ministry of Science and Fine Arts, Baden-Württemberg / Germany
(via Staatsgalerie Stuttgart)
 

ALL IS ANIMATED, ALL IS GHOSTLY

ALL IS ANIMATED, ALL IS GHOSTLY
tempera on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
11095064
 

ui! - DAILY FRESH HOLY WATER

ui! - DAILY FRESH HOLY WATER
tempera on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
11095058
private collection
Berlin / Germany
 

UPACARA MEMBANGUN RUMAH

UPACARA MEMBANGUN RUMAH
(HOUSE BUILDING CEREMONY)
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095061
private collection
Landau / Germany
 

MERAH BALIKU

MERAH BALIKU
(MY RED BALI)
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
17495060
private collection
Frankfurt / Germany
 

OFFERINGS AND CEREMONIES FOR WEALTHY RICE HARVESTS

OFFERINGS AND CEREMONIES FOR WEALTHY RICE HARVESTS
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095059
 

INVITATION-OFFERINGS TO THE DIRECTION GODS

INVITATION-OFFERINGS
TO THE DIRECTION GODS

tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095062
 

FOR MT BATUR AND MT AGUNG

FOR Mt BATUR AND Mt AGUNG
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
14895068
 

"BANTEN" ALL AROUND THE HOUSE

"BANTEN" ALL AROUND THE HOUSE
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
14895065
private collection
Karlsruhe / Germany
 

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