Day 9 - Tanah Lot

After spending some time with some of the prettiest birds on earth we went off to Tanah Lot and heard that they have the best Kecak dance. Kecak is a form of Balinese music drama, originated in the 1930s.
Also known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana where the monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. However, Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
During my Sumunar days dancing with them, I got to perform this dance and had such a great time.
Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home of a pilgrimage temple, the Pura Tanah Lot (literally "Tanah Lot temple") and a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism.
Ah, he's so used to this regime "Treyton get over there and I'll take your picture". Pose striked! Big smile! Background is Tanah Lot. It was a busy day and it was sprinkling on and off, kinda dark too.
So there's a big story here.

When I took this picture, I said "Here comes the big one, Treyton!" and sure enough, it was so big, the wave knocked him down and he was drenched. He scrapped his knees and the salt water stings the wound. I ran out to get dry clothes and it took me so long to find sizes for him. Don't ask. In the meantime, a nice lady apparently had iodine and bandages and offered to treat his wound and my mom beat me to get dry clothes for him.
The place is highly commercialized. There are rows and rows and rows of street vendors selling knick knacks and souvenirs. This is where your haggling skills is challenged.
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There's that offering again to please the gods and the demons