On Bali, not in the Muslim parts of Indonesia, you can during all day see women walking round carrying a tray with a number of incense sticks and a pile of small baskets (10 cms diameter). Each basket contains flowers, some rice, paper ornaments and more of the kind. On a great number of places the lady will put down a basket in order to please the gods and deamons. On small altars on the most unexpected places, on desks is shops and offices, on garden walls, on the pavement and very often in the middle of the doorway. These seem to be to withhold the bad spirits from entering the premises. It’s my guess that without these there wouldn’t be so many street dogs. Since the people don’t remove the offerings you often see whole piles. Not where the dogs can reach.



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