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  • Mount Agung

    Mount Agung

Mount Agung

Bali has many beaches and mountains, however, there is only one for the highest : Mount Agung. Mount Agung, Indonesian Gunung Agung (‘’Great Mountain”), Dutch Piek Van Bali (‘’Peak of Bali’’), is a volcano which is located in the Northeastern part of Bali island, Indonesia. It is the highest point in Bali with 9,888 feet (3,014 m) high. Erupted in 1963 after being dormant for 120 years, took 1,600 lives and left 86,000 people homeless, Mount Agung has now became a both sacral place and tourist attraction. Furthermore, the myths regarding Mount Agung have left the local people with a conserved believe that is passed down from generation to generation. According to one Balinese myth, the deities have made mountains for their thrones and placed the highest, Mount Agung in Bali. Based from the other myth, the deities have found the Bali island unstable and wobbling, and therefore, set down upon the holy mountain of Hinduism, Mahameru, renamed Gunung Agung to still it. Balinese believe Mount Agung as the “Navel of the World” and in every Balinese temple, a shrine is dedicated to its spirit. Such religious items as temple offerings and cremation mounds are shaped in the form of mountains out of reverence for the volcano. Pura Besakih, the mother temple of Bali, lies on the slopes of Mount Agung.