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Bali: A Travel Adventure by Patrick R. Booz

By Patrick R. Booz

The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has terribly vibrant attractiveness. Terraced rice paddies doubtless stand up to the sky, whereas silhouetted fingers, nonetheless energetic volcanoes and volcanic lakes distinction with gorgeous shores and lagoons. Bali's temples, carved statues, and colourful paintings are facts of a thriving tradition that keeps its freshness and ease in a latest age. Bali: A commute Adventure is an unforgettable visible checklist of the island and its humans.

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28 Bali: A Travel Adventure (WK) Text Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:28 nture ge:28 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 29 B303DJH (WK) Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:29 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 30 B303DJH Above: Balinese children help their parents in the fields, as in all other activities, from a very early age. Right: Harvesting rice is hard work, but the labor is done communally with a sense of anticipation of the rice cycle.

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.

Trance is not at all unusual in Bali; it is encouraged as a special state in which people can enter into direct communication with the spirit world and bring back knowledge or special wishes of the deities. Even in moments of ecstasy or self-inflicted violence, trance is rarely allowed to get out of control. 50 50 Bali:-AaTravel Bali travelAdventure adventure (WK) Text Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:50 nture ge:50 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 51 B303DJH Bali: A Travel Adventure (WK) Text 51 Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:51 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 52 B303DJH 52 Bali - a travel adventure (WK) Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:52 nture ge:52 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 53 B303DJH On foot and in overloaded boats, crowds of people head for a festival at the temple of Pura Sakenan, a holy site for the people of southern Bali.

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