Last night was Kajeng Kliwon, an especially important day for both the positive and negative aspects of the world, on which the superstitious nature of the Balinese is much more evident. Every fifteen days, extra offerings are made in the house compound to appease the bad spirits and to protect from black magic.
Wayan, my friend and the pempantu (Bahasa for maid) of my current accommodation, has always been a very kind soul and dear sister when I stayed here. Yesterday afternoon, she brought me the most beautiful blessing. Kajeng Kliwon is also a particularly dangerous day on the Balinese calendar to be bothered by evil spirits. So Wayan spent the afternoon at the temple, receiving blessings from the priest. But not only was she getting blessings for herself… She arrived at our house beautifully dressed in her traditional outfit; and after putting a Tri Datu* bangle around my right wrist and sticking wet rice grains on my forehead, she told me these blessings have been attached with prayers by the priest just for me, to be in good health, to endow me with power, strength, and longevity.
How amazing that Wayan thought about me when she went to the temple, mentioned my person and condition to the priest and brought me home this very special gift.
*Tri Datu means “three colours” and can be worn as a bangle of red, white and black yarn. Each colour has its individual owner from one of the manifestations of the Godhead – The red for Brahma (the creator), the black for Visnu (the preserver) and the white for Shiva and (the destroyer).