Balinese Cultural Art: Tamiang

For this challenge, share an image of symmetry. Don’t limit yourself to architecture — you can bend this theme in any way you’d like.

I took this week’s challenge to post some old files of tamiang picture. Tamiang is a decoration that we should hang at the top of our house. Although, if I used the word ‘decoration’, it will degrade the meaning of tamiang, as its meaning is much more than just a ‘decoration’. Tamiang is a symbol of self-shield from negative thoughts, like:  loba (greedy), kroda (anger), mada (arrogance), moha (ignorance) and kama (over sexual desire). Tamiang usually hung on Kuningan day that falls 10 days after Galungan day (a festive day of Balinese Hindu as a symbol the war between wrong and right). Don’t ask me the winner, it’s an endless war, remember?


What is the relationship of Balinese Hindu philosophy with the challenge. How we make the tamiang and put its artistic decoration to make it beautiful. As its basic shape is round,  we pin the little flower-like piece symmetrically, left-right, or up-down. Those tamiang are made of Lontar palm leaves. The round one is left uncoloured and its ornaments are red. I love its brilliant contrast. We use a knife to make this kind of ornamented decoration, not a scissor. The end result will be different.


Ha. Just ignore her. She’s Molly (our new dog) and confused with what I was doing.


Tamiang and its symmetric position of ornaments.


Little Molly was still confused. Meanwhile Hugo was just watching.

You can visit my post of Learning My Culture to see how we hang the tamiang for the festive day.

Post to DP Photo Challenge: Symmetry.

7 thoughts on “Balinese Cultural Art: Tamiang

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