Living to work or working to live?

Living to work or working to live?

By Janas Priya   “THE gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless...
Uang Kepeng: The Traditional Money of the Balinese

Uang Kepeng: The Traditional Money of the Balinese

By Stephen DeMeulenaere/Photo by Janaspira YOU may have noticed old coins with a hole in the middle lying on the ground around the front of a house; or appearing in offerings at certain ceremonies; or in works of art, without realizing how important they were to the...
Tips for the table: Balinese style.

Tips for the table: Balinese style.

Balinese food and eating etiquette is quite distinct as it is closely linked with our culture, art and religion. Here are some of our traditions. When you visit someone’s compound typically the owner will greet you by offering food. No matter the time of day, you are...
Tips for the table: Javanese style.

Tips for the table: Javanese style.

Growing up in Central Java I was brought up with many strong customs about what food to eat, when and how. Some of it folklore, some of it religious, all of it traditional. We were taught not to make a sound while chewing be­cause the sound resembles animals eating,...
Food for the dogs

Food for the dogs

Words and photographs by  Mirjam de Ruiter To the untrained ear it sounds like any other scooter horn. But to the savvy street dogs in the Balinese village of Pejeng, this sound indicates the arrival of something particularly special. On hearing the horn, dogs of all...
Food for the Gods and their friends

Food for the Gods and their friends

By Rucina Ballinger | Cover photograph by Suki Zoe FOOD PLAYS an important role in any culture. We all have our comfort foods; those we crave when we are sick or far from home. The Balinese are no different and their main staple is, of course, lots of rice. So it’s...