After (almost) a month on halt, my Bali trip report returns to my blog.
This time, I’m going to bring you to Pasar Badung or Badung Market. Why I put the word “traditional” on top is because in Indonesia, there are two types of market. One is traditional and the other one is modern (self-service). Big chains like Carrefour, Giant, Hypermart have changed the way Indonesians shop for their basic necessities.
Back in June, I watched a tvOne show discussing about big chains supermarkets. One of the speakers said that “The Big Chains” (TBC) sometimes produced their own brand of packed salt, sugar, cooking oil and other basic necessities. Do you know where did they get all those products? Not from suppliers, but from traditional market traders. Then they repackaged all those products with their own brands.
I’m not sure whether this will kill small traders in the long-term. But that’s why that so-called home-brands are cheaper than the “big players” brand (Indofood, Aqua, Bimoli just to name some).
Anyway, coming back to my story of the market. Please take note that the phots shown are taken from two different time but still on the month of June.
You can bargain at the market (of course). The market sells not just basic necessities but also live chickens, ducks, traditional cakes (jajanan pasar) and some Balinese Hindu stuff such as dupa, canang and flowers for offerings. Almost every kiosks has the Balinese Hindu altar.
Note: Balinese Hindu and Indian Hindu are different in certain ways such as the way they pray. Balinese Hindu is a mixture of Indian Hindu with local beliefs and animism. However, both pray to Brahma.
I learnt a little bit of Hinduism during Balinese language lessons (Basa Bali) twice a week during my primary school days. Local languages vary to your region (Sundanese in West Java, Javanese in other parts of Java, Madurese in Madura, Sasak in Lombok are some examples). I still could read Balinese characters. The basic is simple hanacaraka (in Java, they would learn honocoroko instead).
Back to “pasar”,
Banjar (not to be confused with the Banjar people in South Kalimantan) is a building similar to community centre. There, girls will be taught to learn traditional Balinese dances such as pendet. There is also the annual activity of making ogoh-ogoh either in March or April to celebrate Nyepi Day, a day when you are not allowed to use electricity and going outside. Some community discussions and meetings between the kepala banjar (head of the banjar) and the people are taking place there. Sometimes, regular government immunisation is conducted there,
And this is the end of my report on Badung market. Perhaps next time, I would post the same thing again. I know my report is incomplete. I missed a lot of points such as the fire that took place five to six years ago there. But I promise I would post the condition of the market in the future.
That’s all from me, enjoy your day.