Finally the long awaited day has arrived: The day of the melaspas ceremony for the new health post in the hills of Lipah. Melaspas is a religious ceremony that must be held for every new building. Construction work disturbs the harmony of a place: plants are dug out, t...
Since a few days people disappear from the refugee camps. They just get less and less in numbers. Where do they go, we want to know. Home to prepare for Galungan, we are told. Absolutely normal. As if there were no volcano.
Another visit to the evacuation camp in Bunutan. This time together with our friend Derk and his resort manager Putu. Derk is the owner of the highest rated restaurant on the coast, part of a small but fine resort in Bunutan.
Everyone who has ever been to Bali knows that here religion is still a serious issue. The proverbial tolerance of the Balinese toward other religions is quite contrary to their dealings with their own religious rites. Some examples: