The Balinese lontar manuscripts range from ordinary texts to Bali’s most sacred writings. They include texts on religion, holy formulae, rituals, family genealogies, law codes, treaties on medicine (usadha), arts and architecture, calendars, prose, poems and even magic. Many lontar manuscripts contain information on important issues such as medicines and village regulations that are used as daily guidance.
The Internet Archive is currently scanning and uploading lontars in Bali, as well as videos depicting Balinese ceremonies and traditions. Working with Professor Ron Jenkins and Balinese scholars Nyoman Catra and Dewa Made Dharmawan, this project aims at making lontars accessible, readable and understandable to a wider audience and to scholars and students in Indonesia and all over the world. To access the collection, go to