How we exorcised spirits before construction in Bali

The island of Bali in Indonesia is known for its beautiful nature, warm people and rich culture. One of the most important aspects of this culture is the traditional ceremonies that are part of everyday life. One such ceremony is the Ngeruak land ceremony, which is deeply rooted in the beliefs and traditions of the Balinese people.

What is the Ngeruak land ceremony?

Ngeruak is a land consecration ceremony that takes place before construction begins. The Balinese believe that the land is alive and has a spirit that needs to be appeased before construction begins. The purpose of the ceremony is to receive the blessing and protection of the spirit of the land during the construction work.

Elements of the ceremony

The ceremony involves several rituals, including sacrifices, prayers and meditation. Offerings may include food, flowers, and other items intended for the spirit of the land. Prayers and meditation help connect with the spirit of the earth and ask for its protection.

Cultural significance

The Ngeruak land ceremony is much more than just a ritual. It is part of the Balinese identity and shows their deep respect for nature and spirits. The ceremony brings the community together and strengthens their bonds with each other and with the land and spirits.


Bali is an island where traditions and culture are still alive and valued. The Ngeruak land ceremony is just one of many examples of how Balinese people respect and care for their land and culture. It is a lesson for all of us to respect and appreciate nature and the traditions that underpin our culture. Tomorrow we start building Maya II.

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