Tourists often wonder whether or not the Balinese worship statues. The answer to this questions, is that the Balinese “do not” worship statues. Statues of Balinese Hindu Gods, Goddesses, and demons, like those found throughout the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, remind the Balinese of important Balinese Hindu beliefs and practices. Also, they ultimately serve the purpose of reminding the Balinese that Sanghyang Widhi Wasa is ever present (although in many forms). People that behave in accordance with the Tri-Hita Karana Doctrine might be rewarded. People that do not behave in accordance with the Tri-Hita Karana Doctrine might be punished.
Balinese Hindu Statues