Category Archives: Culture

Living The Dream

Living The Dream

LIVING THE DREAM Diana Darling goes rural . . . and becomes rueful about a dream of living the country life. IN 1987, at the age of 40, I decided to start a new life by leasing a piece of land in a Balinese mountain village and building a house there, where I would live […]

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Shooter

Shooter

Shooter Born in Canada, Daniel has spent the past 13 years of his life based in Indonesia as a writer, magazine editor, and now a filmmaker. Robert Wolf speaks to him about his love of his adopted country and the upcoming feature film that he’s devoted the past six years to. How did you first […]

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The dark side of spirituality

The dark side of spirituality

The dark side of spirituality Ubud is to folks of a spiritual disposition what catnip is to felines. While much of this exploration is valuable, some aspects can be problematic or even dangerous. Robert Wolf locks and loads his dream-catcher and takes a walk on the spiritual wild side. FOR reasons that remain opaque to […]

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Waving or drowning

Waving or drowning

Waving or drowning? Diana Darling PART of Bali’s inscrutability, and much of its charm, comes from its difficult language, Basa Bali. Few foreigners can understand it, and not all Balinese can speak it perfectly. Most Balinese will tell you that they can barely speak it at all. That’s being coy: Balinese is the mother tongue […]

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Endless Cycle

Endless Cycle

Endless Cycle On an island where ceremonies are a way of life, the cycle marking the death of the legendary tyrant Mayadenawa is one of the most fascinating, vibrant, and inspiring. Wolf Roberts takes a crash course in the history, meaning, and possible future of Galungan and Kuningan. Images: Tjokorda Gus Kerthyasa captures this stuggle […]

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Fire

Fire

Fire Diana Darling investigates, informs and illuminates the second element in our series on the stories behind Balinese cultural practices. This issue…flame on. Brahma IN Bali’s well-ordered cosmos, fire is associated with the number nine, the colour red, the god Brahma, and the cardinal direction South. This cluster of energies also has its own particular […]

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Bali Spirit

Bali Spirit

Bali Spirit The journey of HIV awareness among Balinese youth is arduous but vital. The first steps have been taken, writes Skye Indonesia has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS-infection in the world, and Bali has one of the most alarming infection growth rates in the country, tripling over the past five years. A […]

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Mask

Mask

Mask Neal Adams goes behind the scenes with Bali’s topeng master. On Kuningan day 2012 I am invited by my good friend Gede Danan Jaya Siadja to the temple, Pura Taman Pule, in Mas village, Ubud, to see the dance performance, Wayang Wong, that tells part of the Ramayana story. Kuningan is a celebration in […]

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Jane Chen

Jane Chen

Jane Chen Salavador Bali raps with multi-talented artist Jane Chen about her passion for exploring creative expression and disciplines in various mediums. Through her study and proficiency in White Crane Silat, Jane continually experiences a journey of discoveries within the body. Ten years ago we did an interview, what are you doing now? This new […]

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Water

Water

Water Bali is carved by water, blesses itself with water, describes itself in terms of water, entertains its guests with it, sometimes chokes on it, and has a multi-level vocabulary for talking about it. Diana Darling dives in. Bali’s many rivers descend from mountain lakes and springs in gorges that cut deeply through the island’s […]

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