The Unique Philosophy of Lawar Bali

Lawar is typical cuisine from Bali that generally made of grated coconut mixed with minced meat, Balinese typical seasoning, and of course half-cooked blood. The meat that added to Lawar usually pork or chicken. Lawar is a required food that must be exist in every Bali’s culture ceremony. Because without Lawar, foods that have been served become incomplete. Besides the good taste of Lawar, as Bali traditional food Lawar also has its own philosophy. Lawar had meanings harmonization and balance.

It is looked from its ingredients: grated coconut (white, as a symbol of Iswara God at eastern), blood (red, as a symbol of Brahma God at southern), seasonings (yellow, as a symbol of Mahadewa God at western), and shrim paste (black, as a symbol of Wisnu God at northern). Those forth point of compass symbolized a balance. Beside of that, the taste of the ingredients which are sweet (coconut), salty (salt), bitter (lime), spicy (seasoning), sour, and stinky (shrimp paste) if they are mixed perfectly, it will make a delicious taste. This is a philosophy of a leader in optimize the potential of their different citizens so that it can make a harmonization.


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