By Patrick R. Booz
The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has terribly brilliant attractiveness. Terraced rice paddies likely stand up to the sky, whereas silhouetted hands, nonetheless lively volcanoes and volcanic lakes distinction with wonderful shores and lagoons. Bali's temples, carved statues, and colourful artwork are facts of a thriving tradition that continues its freshness and ease in a contemporary age. Bali: A commute Adventure is an unforgettable visible list of the island and its humans.
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Each subak organizes ritual offerings and festivals, and the planting and harvesting times are coordinated based on the planned diversion of irrigation water through an elaborate system of dikes, viaducts, sluices and channels. Left: A woman uses the evening breeze to help winnow the rice chaffs from the grains. Opposite: A temple courtyard is used as a threshing ground. Once individual grains of rice have been separated from the ear they are swept up and bagged; they are then ready for sale or distribution before the final process of husking and polishing.
Channeled water and pools have always been considered sacred sites, since water is so vital to Bali’s rice agriculture. Above: In a moment of singleminded prayer, a woman presents a flower offering. As a gift to the gods, offerings must be pleasing but they can be as simple as a petal or a few grains of rice on a banana leaf. Each day of the week has special spiritual attributes that determine what type, color and form each offering should take. Right: Religious festivals constitute a major part of Balinese culture.
The girls are called “divine nymphs” and act the roles of highly refined courtiers. Above: A group of women make temple offerings. Stripped palm fronds will be folded and pinned to create lamaks, pretty, perishable decorations (right) that usually last one or two days before becoming wilted and spent. Left and far right: Sometimes detailed, other times stylized and made of simple palm leaves, the cili is representative of a beautiful goddess with a slender body and large headdress. She is the goddess of Life and Fertility, associated with the rice plant.