Crossing the Wallace line...
Before starting the performance, the dancers share a light moment of merriment.
Kretek, an aromatic blend of tobacco and clove. The perfect end to a long working day. Nothing else matter.
Borobudur and monk.
Betting on the fighting roosters is still one of Balinese men’s favorite pastimes.
Children from an early age are taken to the temple. Their little hands are held in prayer by their loving parents.
When dancing is like a prayer it pleases God who rewards the dancer with a complete transformation that in Bali they call Taksu.
In Bali Ganesha is widely revered as Lord of beginnings and Remover of Obstacles, patron of the arts and sciences, god of intellect and wisdom. Combined with the sacred flower of the Wijaya Kusuma it brings good fortune and knowledge to the home.
They might have shared most of their life together but a motorcycle ride with him is still a hair raising experience.
Trance. The mysticism of Bali is all pervading as a woman falls into trance to become at one with the supernatural world.
Gender players. Conversations ebb and flow as the Balinese men rest from playing the 'gender’ at a first-haircut ceremony for the children of their village.
Faces of Bali. Balinese women, the guardians of culture and tradition