Mas Village with Wood Carving

Mas Village is one of villages in Bali fundamentally identified as an artistic countryside by focusing in artistic of wood carving. Mas Village is located in Ubud sub district and Gianyar Regency, east part of Bali. It owns the typical style of wood carving art by placing forward the distinguish synergy the humanism and naturalism.

The village’s popularity as an art village is famous in the national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The famous maestro who was borne in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem.

The village’s popularity as an art village is famous in the national and world level which is not forgetting from the highness name of some maestros which has borne and found the spirit (taksu) and soul. The famous maestro who was borne in this village is Ida Bagus Tilem.

It is strategically located in the main road from Denpasar to Ubud and it can be reached from various of angle. It is about 15 km easterly go to the majors road to Ubud from Denpasar town.

If you wish to go to this place from Denpasar, the starting spandrel points step into Mas Village is Sakah, where a big baby idol monumentally existing in the middle of road. The Baby idol is a symbol and representative of human being life early which is believed by local residents with full of philosophic value, religious and dynamism.

This artistic countryside owns the long history root. The result of wood carving art in this village owns the immeasurable and wide dimension like idol for the devoting (arca idol), representative dimension of everyday Balinese social society life (farmer, fisherman, worker, intellectual, merchant etc), the abstract dimension as existing of actor imagination which is listening carefully of reality, dynamics and life philosophy.

The villagers are same as villagers at other tourism countryside in Bali that have also experienced the transformation from agrarian society to the crafting society. Even nowadays, it is continued to service society from commerce service until levying service of the souvenir for overseas and domestic tourist.

The unique things that are necessary to be watched are the temple ceremony is conducted in the mid day or at noon and it must be finished before the sunset or before night comes, because it is not allowed to use fire, light incense and used lamp.

In addition, in the ceremony , it is not allowed to use Segehan, Kwangen , penjor and Tabuh rah (cock-fighting) and for the completion of the ceremony it is allowed to use Ceniga made of Mas banana leaf, while in other area in Bali, the Ceniga is made of young coconut leaf.

It is also very unique that the ceremony is not led by Pedanda as commonly conducted in other temples in Bali, it is merely conducted and led by Pemangku Pura (the priest of the temple). The above unique are important and exciting properties to be watched because in the sacred and holiness of the ceremony, it is also hidden background which might derive from megalithic traditions that is still well maintained by the people in Kukuh village.

A very wide parking lot, with starred –hotel standard toilet facility, souvenir and snack kiosks are also available to fulfill visitor’s need.

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