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Bali

A beautiful and peaceful country

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We spent yesterday on Bali, one of the islands that make up Indonesia. Our guide, Bawa, took us to see a typical Balinese house, a temple (where we had to wear sarongs in order to enter), and workshops where people carved wood sculptures and printed a fabric called batik. Also during lunch we were treated to a performance of gamalan music and traditional dance.

Bawa took pride in explaining to us the distinctive culture of his people, and we left Bali admiring the strong community values that govern life on this island. Balinese own their houses, but the property on which their houses are built belongs to the local community, and every Friday all the women walk through the neighborhood to make sure that the whole village is kept clean and tidy. The men gather on Sundays to keep the temple in good repair. All the generations of a family live in the same compound, and all the adults in the community and not just the parents see to raising the children. Within individual families there is little privacy. The bedroom pictured below (without any doors!) belongs to a teenage girl, and the cupboard holds all the family’s clothes together. People don’t have last names but are given the name of the community in which they live. Even when people die, they are cremated together and the combined ashes are placed in coconuts and floated out to sea. There is almost no crime or poverty in Bali.

By contrast, we in the US place a very strong emphasis on individualism and live much more private lives than the Balinese. We prize personal rights and liberties (consider, for example, the current debate in our country over gun control). Parents might resent it if neighbors criticized or disciplined their children.

What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of the Balinese and American ways of life?

On the pier

On the pier

BALINESE DANCER

BALINESE DANCER

At lunch

At lunch

Bedroom

Bedroom

Family cupboard

Family cupboard

Temple

Temple

BILL AND BAWA

BILL AND BAWA

Rice paddy

Rice paddy

Posted by HopeEakins 20:36 Archived in Indonesia

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Dear Eakins,

Thank you very much for your generous gifts - we adore them! Your travels in Bali look exciting and different. We weren't sure if we would like living in a community where our privacy was greatly curtailed. Here are a some comments and questions:

John - Dear Eakins thank you!! so much for the kolas you guys are the best. p.s nana says hi.
I like it. Its advantages are no crimes. Its disadvantages are saorngs

Jaliz - Thank you for the koala i like the colors of the koala and the are adorable and thank you. the don't have a lot of privacy in Bali

Paola - I do not like the community focus of life in Bali because I like my privacy. Its advantages are that people won't bug in your business. It's disadvantages are that some people can invade your privacy. Thank you so much for the wonderful gift. they are so cute and fluffy! Question: Why is the temple important? Why? Comment: The koalas are so cute and fluffy! Thank you!

We look forward to discovering your new posts later this week!

Sincerely,
TEDS History

by TEDS History

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