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Raffles Bali - Understanding Tri Datu: The Three Divine Forces.
March 13th 2023

Understanding Tri Datu: The Three Divine Forces.

The Tri Datu bracelet is a powerful symbol that embodies the essence of Hinduism and its core principles. The word “Tri” means three, while “Datu” means power, and the bracelet represents the Tri Murti, the great triad of Hindu gods responsible for the creation, preservation, and destruction of the world, depicted by the three colors in the bracelet’s yarn.

Lord Brahma, represented by the color red, is the creator of the world and all living beings. He is associated with fire, the transformative element that brings new forms and states into existence and provides sustenance. Balinese people offer canang, a small offering, in their kitchens as a symbol of gratitude to Lord Brahma. Lord Vishnu, represented by the color black, is the preserver and protector of the universe, who descends to Earth to restore balance during troubled times. Lord Shiva, represented by the color white, is responsible for destroying and recreating the universe, inducing beneficial change and reminding us of the circle of life.

The Tri Datu bracelet serves as a reminder of the power of creation, preservation, and restoration, and the key components that define us as humans: our minds, bodies, and souls. It conveys the need for balance and reminds us of the tenets of Hinduism. Its history in Bali dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries, when it was worn to indicate obedience and faithfulness to God.

While the Tri Datu bracelet is commonly worn by Hindus, it is not claimed by them exclusively. Those of other religions and beliefs are also permitted to wear it, but should do so properly and wisely. The bracelet reminds us to be wise, to be careful, and to consider our behaviors and intentions as we live our lives in this world that we share with others.

In essence, the Tri Datu bracelet is a powerful symbol that represents the essence of Hinduism and the need for balance in our lives. By wearing it, we are reminded of the importance of healthy minds, thoughtful words, and good deeds, and the need to create balance in our lives to live in harmony with ourselves and others.

As part of our unwavering commitment to upholding and preserving the rich and vibrant Balinese culture, we proudly offer our well-traveled connoisseurs a Balinese Tri Datu bracelet as a cherished memento upon departure.