By Patrick R. Booz

The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has terribly brilliant good looks. Terraced rice paddies possible get up to the sky, whereas silhouetted fingers, nonetheless energetic volcanoes and volcanic lakes distinction with beautiful seashores and lagoons. Bali's temples, carved statues, and colourful artwork are facts of a thriving tradition that keeps its freshness and ease in a latest age. Bali: A shuttle Adventure is an unforgettable visible checklist of the island and its humans.

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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.

The Badé represent the cosmos—underworld, earth, heaven—while the multiple roofs are replicas of the levels of heaven. Bulls and levine creatures are the most common form of sarcophogi. Bali: A Travel Adventure (WK) Text Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure (AC32005-116) #175 DTP:174 Page:56 nture ge:56 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 57 B303DJH A Brahmanic priest (right) is employed to perform the cremation rituals and he plans and supervises the proceedings—from choosing a propitious day for the funeral (above) to conducting the many rites for the dead.

Every Balinese can expect to participate in a dozen or more village and regional festivals every year, each one lasting several days. Bali: A Travel Adventure (WK) Text 27 Job:04-79487 Title:Bali A Travel Adventure #175 DTP:174 Page:27 0ii-113 text_79487 22/5/05 4:35 PM Page 28 B303DJH Above: Besakih Temple lies under the shadow of Mount Agung at an altitude of 3,000 feet (950 meters). It represents the most sacred point of the compass for the Balinese and has been a royal ancestral sanctuary since the earliest times.

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