Food For Us

Food For Us

By Sang Tu | Cover Photograph by Suki Zoe FOR THE Balinese food is not particularly sacred. But as everything is sacred in Tri Hita Karana, food takes on this quality as well. So, all food, and in particular rice, is sacred. We express our gratitude to food in our...
Expressing gratitude in Bali

Expressing gratitude in Bali

Here are some suggestions of things  I think you can do from the small and simple to the grand and epic. Remember: gratitude can come from your heart, your wallet, your time or your talents… so be inventive as you give thanks. Globally (Island Wide) “ What can I...
50 years in Indonesia

50 years in Indonesia

The 1965 massacre In 1965, a massacre estimated to have killed between 500,000 and 2 million people occurred throughout Indonesia. The victims were suspected communists, farmers, feminists and trade unionists. When the killing was over, the memory of it was buried...
Bali subak: communal leadership from the bottom up

Bali subak: communal leadership from the bottom up

By Melinda Chickering | Cover photograph by Jamie Woodall Traveling north from Bali’s international entry point of Denpasar, traffic gives way to villages and villages gradually give way to emerald terraced paddies of rice. Continuing northward, the rice paddies...
Painting bali’s myth and legends

Painting bali’s myth and legends

Ketut Madra had been telling stories of the Balinese wayang ( shadow puppet theatre ) in his paintings since his teens. As he tells this story: Long, long before Hanuman became famous as the general of the monkey army in the Ramayna, he was a just a white monkey...
Bali love stories

Bali love stories

Marriage is challenging. Cross-cultural marriages are doubly so. From the obvious differences that are apparent to the outside world, such as skin colour, to the endless subtle nuances that unfold over time and illuminate differences, couples uniting two cultures...