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AFTER the Majapahit warriors subdued Bali in the 14th century, Javanese mini-principalities and courts soon appeared everywhere, creating that unique blend of court and peasant culture, which is Bali - highly sophisticated, dynamic and lively.

Balinese arts, especially the performing arts is inseparable from religion. A small offering of food and flowers must precede even dances for tourists. Before performing many dancers pray at their family shrines, appealing for holy "taksu" (inspiration) from the gods. In this rural tradition, the people say that peace and harmony depend on protection by the gods and ancestors.

As well as their use in religious ceremonies, performing arts also have a strong religious content. It is often such that drama is the preferred medium through which the Balinese cultural tradition is transmitted.

In this section Balinese performing arts will be uncovered from the performances held in the most sacred shrine in the inner temple courtyard, through genres of lesser sanctity performed in semi-sacred spaces, to dances of a secular nature performed in semi-sacred places, to dances of a secular nature performed in essentially secular spaces.

Then it continues to some 'demonic' performances given in ritually dangerous spaces, and finally some tourist performances, shadow puppets play and the gamelan. See the Plan of Balinese Temple, where the religious performing arts held.

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