Amazing rice feilds of Bali World travel photography
Most people who have visited Bali say that the real Bali can be found where the rice grows. In Bali rice fields can be found almost everywhere, and the Balinese people have depended on this method of agriculture for almost 2000 years. The terraced rice fields were carved by hand, with the help of some simple tools, and are being maintained by succeeding generations.Imagine yourself watching the sun rise through the mist over a rice field or taking a hike through their lush greenness. It is a must thing to do in Bali to visit at least one of the numerous rice paddies, and to make your decision a bit easier I’ve compiled a guide on which ones are the most beautiful rice fields in Bali.
Importance of Rice as a Crop in Bali
Rice is considered to be the most important crop for the Balinese and traditionally it has been viewed as a gift from the gods that needs to be honored as such. It is a key ingredient of the local cuisine. The value of this crop to the local population is demonstrated by the fact that the villages surrounding the rice fields will have shrines devoted to it. The cycle of rice planting, irrigation, maintaining, and harvesting sets the tone for much of the traditional island life. The Balinese have created their own system for rice cultivation, and it is one of the most effective ways of managing this crop in the world.
Bali is undoubtedly a beautiful part of the world, but if forced to choose one aspect of its charm many volunteers would single out the local rice fields for special mention. The emerald green rice terraces in central Bali are regularly featured in postcards because they are just so photogenic. In 2012 the Balinese Subak system of water irrigation fell under the protection of UNESCO and is the rice fields of the island are a World Heritage Site. Those working in the tourist industry are well aware of the attraction that the paddy fields have for visitors, and they are keen to cater for it with tours and outdoor activities in these rural locations. Those volunteers who wish to see the more traditional aspects of Balinese life are urged to visit the rice fields.
The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.
Bali has so much to see and do on so many levels
Cockfighting in Bali: Observing and Understanding Balinese Rituals
Driving around Bali, the first thing I noticed was the big wicker baskets by the roadside. Inside each basket was a cockerel. I asked my friend Wayan why these birds were there. ‘They put them by the road to make them used to people,’ he told me. ‘Then they won’t be scared when it’s time for them to fight.’ ‘What do you mean, time to fight? A cockfight?’ He nodded. Cockfighting is a clandestine activity here. No one talks about it, but those baskets are everywhere.
Cockfighting is an ancient Balinese tradition. The Indonesian government frowns on it, and the heavy gambling that goes with it (men can lose farms on a single fight), but it remains a part of daily life. Cockfights are staged before religious ceremonies, as an offering to the gods. The government forbids cockfights for non-religious purposes, but the government is far away, on Java. Of the 13,000 islands in this archipelago, only Bali is Hindu, and in Bali, cockfighting is performed in every village temple. The people and the government have reached an unspoken compromise: cockfighting can continue, so long as everyone pretends it doesn’t exist.