Bali: No statues will be covered during Saudi King’s visit!

Parwati Agung, Bali, Hinduism, saudi Arabia King,Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Balinese governor, Made Mangku Pastika , Sanggar Sawitri

Bali won’t cover its statues and sculptures as happened in Bogor, West Java town of Indonesia.

The controversy broke out as the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is said to be a conservative and it was earlier rumored that the island of Bali may also have to cover its statues/sculptures as was done by Bogor.

But the governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika made it clear to everyone that tolerance and comfort which were on his mind.

BaliTribuneNews quotes the governor as saying:

“Bali is known for being comfortable, safe, and tolerant, so we will leave it as is. Sculptures won’t be covered.”

Bali, however, gave King Salman a traditional welcome

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud smiled after he descended on the island paradise on Saturday. He was greeted by a dance group Sanggar Sawitri that performed traditional Pendet dance. The king waved at them and smiled as the 50 girl troop honored the guest of the island.

Bali is a curious case as it is part of Muslim-majority Indonesia, and yet it is overwhelmingly Hindu. While in other parts of Indonesia a strict form of Islam is followed, yet it is because of Bali that the nation is world famous for.


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