The Bali Dog’s relationship with the people of Bali has prevailed for thousands of years. Even as rapid changes continue to accelerate, its historical connection and cultural significance is inseparable from the dog human union that has always endured on Bali.
Their ancient symbiotic interaction based on mutualism has been naturally mirrored worldwide. For thousands of years humans and dogs have practically benefited from the shared relationship, in some way.
The same applies with many ancient indigenous dog human relationships. The Bali people and their dog story, has remarkable parallels to one of their closest relatives, Australia’s first people and their Dingo.
Following its arrival into Australia 4000 years ago, the dingo was readily accepted into Aboriginal life, both practically and spiritually. Dingoes have long been valued companion animals to Aboriginal peoples, serving as hunting companions, camp guard dogs, camp cleaners and as bed warmers on cold nights. Spiritually, dingoes have been regarded as a protector and representing ancestral spirits – able to perceive the presence of evil spirits undetectable by humans.