Jan 15, 2010


A wise word says "what's in a name." But do not be surprised when in Bali, Indonesia, you will find hundreds or even thousands of the same name on this island, which is inhabited by around four million residents. Gede, Made, Nyoman, Ketut, or other names is "a must" for the native Balinese Hindu. This is one phenomenon in Bali as the Indonesian tourism mascot.
Names of people in Bali are identical to another name, but before the primary name, every child must wear a name based on the order in the family as well as on the gender. For clarity, these are the names commonly used by Balinese Hindu community:
- First Child                = Gede, Wayan, Putu
- Second Child          = Nengah, Made, Kadek
- Third Child               = Nyoman, Komang
- Fourth Child             = Ketut
The names apply rotation, which means that when it has reached the fifth child, his name will come back from a child's number one. In the meantime, I and Ni in front of these names indicate the respective sexes.
I showed male
Ni showed female
• I Gede Mahendra: Mahendra means the primary name, First Child in the family, and he is male.

• Ni Nyoman Puspita: Puspita is the primary name, she’s the third Child, and she’s female
For specific names such as Ida Bagus, Dewa, and Gusti like in Ida Bagus Oka, I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Dewa Nyoman Ardhana, or Dewa Ayu Setiawati, the names are titles of nobility in Bali. While the call for a small child, Gus, or Bagus (handsome) is for boys and Geg or Jegeg (beautiful) is for girls.
That is brief information about the names in Bali. For that clarity, do not be surprised when you have 5 Balinese friends at once with the same name, Made, Made, Made, Made, and Made.


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