Talk:Balinese Hinduism

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Balinese Hinduism[edit]

I just added some more info to this page, but looking around Wikipedia, there seems to be some confusion about this topic. The article Hinduism in Indonesia has the erroneous statement "Agama Hindu Dharma, refers to Hinduism as practised in Indonesia". This term only refers to Balinese Hinduism - Hindus in other parts of Indonesia such as Medan practice the religion much as it is done in India. However, the section on Hinduism in Bali is a) longer than Balinese Hinduism and b) lacking references. Could I suggest a way forward is to include a link to Balinese Hinduism in the Hinduism in Indonesia article, then clarify the distinction between the two Hinduisms and change links to point to Balinese Hinduism? I (or otherws?) could then develop Any thoughts? Davidelit (Talk) 14:39, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

I removed the comments on apparent differences between Balinese and Indian Hinduism because they were far too simplistic and therefore erroneous. Balinese Hinduism is predominantly based on Shaivism. Shiva's prominence in Bali is not unique at all. The concept of a supreme diety is also not unique to either spheres of Hindu practice. Ancestor worship is also not unique to Balinese Hinduism. It is far too simplistic to make such statements. Hinduism is hugely diverse in India. Balinese Hinduism has many unique practices, a product of its own lineage of different cultural influences and previous indiginous beliefs. Perhaps a more prevalent difference is the common worship of the Trimurti (Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva) in Bali. This is not absent in India, but is not common worship on a general level today160.44.230.211 (talk) 12:50, 19 February 2013 (UTC)