By Patrick R. Booz
The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has terribly vibrant attractiveness. Terraced rice paddies likely stand up to the sky, whereas silhouetted fingers, nonetheless energetic volcanoes and volcanic lakes distinction with wonderful seashores and lagoons. Bali's temples, carved statues, and colourful artwork are proof of a thriving tradition that continues its freshness and straightforwardness in a latest age. Bali: A trip Adventure is an unforgettable visible checklist of the island and its humans.
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It sits on the shores of Serangan Island, better known as Turtle Island for its huge sea turtles. These are especially prized as food for village feasts. Pages 54–55: Tall banners stand before the temple of Tanah Lot on Bali’s western shore. This small, beautifully located temple was founded in the 16th century by Sang Hyang Nirartha, the last important priest to come to Bali from Java. He arrived to strengthen the island’s Hindu faith and Tanah Lot, one of the most holy sites on Bali, is a memorial to his efforts.
Only very young girls perform the legong, often beginning their training at age five. By 14 they are considered too old and retire from this style of dancing. 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.
0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 26 B303DJH (WK) Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:26 nture ge:26 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 27 B303DJH Left: Water from the mountain springs courses through a holy temple complex of courtyards and pavilions. 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.
Bali: A Travel Adventure by Patrick R. Booz