I did it!
Yesterday I went all by myself on the motorbike to the immigration office in Singaraja more
Villagers from Julah in Tejakula, Buleleng, tow (see photo) a pregnant cow behind a boat into open sea as part of a local traditional ritual.
The cow, which is five months pregnant, was thrown out to the sea about 3 kilometers from land Monday. The villagers believe the animal was impregnated by a village elder.
During the ritual the man, who was caught red-handed having sexual intercourse with the cow two months ago, joined the boat trip in order to throw away his clothes to to symbolize him discarding his sins.
Julah customary village head Ketut Sidemen said the ritual, called gamya gamana, or freak weeding, and had been conducted there for generations. The decision to perform the ritual was made a local residents meeting.
In line with customary regulations, the perpetrator, identified only as PS, 70, was sanctioned to fund the expensive ceremony, which aimed to cleanse him of any bad influences.
Luh Ketut Suryani, a professor and activist, deplored the sancation against PS.
She said drowning a cow was baseless because sexual intercourse between a human being and am animal could not cause pregnancy due to the different chromosomes and genes of the two.
“The cow is not guilty, why shoud it be drowned? Why don’t just use a symbol like what was done by the perpetrator?” she said.
Suryani’s said she was concerned dealt with the financial situation of the owner, who lives below the poverty line.
“The cow, which has a high price, had to be thrown away. It will be a pity for the owner, who is already poor and is now forced to lose his priceless belonging.”
by BCF reporter
Little Wayan is the firstborn son of boss Wayan, owner of pondok Vienna Beach in Lipah Bali.
The past 5 years I’ve been spending most of my Bali time there. Little Wayan, I’ve seen him around, not very often, seen him growing up.
This year little Wayan spent his holiday at Vienna Beach, just at the time when we were there. First time we really got to know this young man, and he turned out to be an adorable, very shy, sweet, correct but insecure young man.
Luna, Wayan and I started to become good friends, and Wayan and I had some deep talks (untill morning) about life, girls and happyness. He has been snorkelling with us for the first time in his life, and that last morning I showed him how easy it was to use a digital camera. He always said:” I’m so stupid” and thought that he was not clever enough to do stuff like taking digital photo’s, or thought he didn’t speak very well English (in fact he could speak it very well, and taught it himself. We didn’t know then our time together would be so short… That same evening Wayan went home while we were having diner in a restaurant,. When we came out of the restaurant our cell phone rang… little Wayan had an accident with his motorbike and didn’t survive it.
Of course we all were in state of disbelieve, wondering how did it happen, why him?
Wayan was such a carefull boy, no drinking, no fast driver, it was hard to realise that this did happen to him.
The story is that he drove his motorbike into a parked truck, boom, over.
He was just on his way back to Vienna Beach…just like us.
I took the last picture ever of him that morning… shy boy didn’t want me to…
The next day we went to visit his devastated family, to try to support them with our tears and to say goodbye to Wayan’s body.
Luna was very brave, and went into the room where Wayan was sleeping his endless sleep.
A couple of days later was his first cremation ceremony, we were happy to be part of that.
It was the burning of his body together with all his earthly belongings. The second cremation, the stairway for the soul, was planned in august, together with his grandparents. We were already back to Holland and had to miss this.
I’ll miss this special boy.
And part of me as well.
From June ’till August Luna and I spend 2 months in Bali.
For her the first time, for me coming home. Now we feel alike, I recognise melancholy in her voice when we talk about ‘our island’.
She needed a few weeks to realy get used to this new place; Luna is very ‘accessible’ for earthly & spiritual forces, and bali is one big ratatouille of exactly that.
Because we travelled around a lot the first 2 weeks, she didn’t get time to grow accustomed to these feelings. Day 1 and 2 we spent in Lipah, Pondok Vienna Beach. It was great to see Made kaler and all staff there. 2 days was all we had to say hello to all friends in the village, it was too short, then packed our bags and moved on to Aas. 5 KM down (or up?) the road, into the family house of Jack. Made and his family live there, and they always treat us like family, … they feel like family.
After 4 days in Aas we went with 2 small fishingboats across street Lombok for 4 1/2 hours, to arrive at a small island Gili Air, just in front of Lombok.
4 days we stayed there, and we would have loved to stay a few weeks more. It’s so quiet and easygoing there… not at all what I expected. Prejudiced that every Muslim island would be as ‘friendly’ as the Lombok people, I was supprised about the relaxed way the people live here.
Ok an island so small that it takes 1 hour on horseback to go around, too small to have police and no motorised transport, has the right ingredients for relaxed life.
We smoked some great weed there (from Atjeh) too.
On our exciting trip back, street Lombok was wild, so wild that walls of water surrounded our boat. Luna put on her lifejacket and I kept mine close. Dolphins, hundreds of them!, swam along with us for almost an hour. Luna and I were convinced they were there for a reason. To guide us safe to bali.
The waves were meters high and we could see the sunlight through.. the dolphins swam in the waves what gave a spectacular sighting… it was one of those moments when one feels so alive.
The fisherman dumped us on the beach of Lipah, we and our bags wet like we were just saved from a sunken ship (absolutely nothing stays dry in those small boats).
Again a couple of days in Lipah, then we headded for Ubud. We hired a car to make a roundtrip, to show Luna a bit of the island, but arriving in Ubud, every day was too short so we had to change plans every day, and finaly the only trip we made was to lake Batur.
The past days (and especialy last night) I was feeling very sad about the outcome of the Bali climate convention. But this morning I read that a new agreement on tackling climate change was forged late this (Bali) night when the United States caved in and agreed to support the Bali roadmap.
The US concession – 14 hours after the initial deadline passed – came after two weeks of talks and a day of high drama, in which conference head Yvo de Boer stormed out in tears and American delegates were booed and jeered.
“We will go forward and join consensus,” US lead negotiator Paula Dobriansky told the 190-nation meeting to cheers and applause from the exhausted delegates.
Delegates rose to their feet and clapped and cheered as conference president Rachmat Witoelar banged down his gavel and declared that the roadmap had been adopted.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono took the extraordinary step of addressing the delegates, urging them to compromise in the interests of the world.
And Mr de Boer, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was given a standing ovation after he returned to the hall in the Bali International Convention Centre after earlier breaking down and leaving the gruelling negotiations. (we dutch people can get sooo emotional…)
Delegates agreed to launch talks on a new global warming pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2012, including nations which had not ratified Kyoto such as the US.
I’m feeling good with this news, but can’t help wonder if we are not too late?
Last week I went with Luna to the movies to watch “EARTH”
A beautyfull documentairy about our planet…I advice anybody to go watch it (or dowload the movie somewhere..)
I found this video on youtube.
I know all spots and people filmed, also I saw our village and even our temple in this video, so I had to put it inhere.
The resort where we always stay in Bali burned down not long ago. The staff has no work till the hotel will be rebuild. My dad, who is there at this time, started a email action amongst friends to gather some money to help out the staff of 19 persons. These people heve a family and kids to feed, and are in serious trouble. We raised enough money to support them for the next 3 months!
I’m very proud my dad stands up for these people, instead of just saying how bad it is without acting. Again it’s prooved that small acts do have big effects for some people.
Meanwhile, they already started to rebuild Vienna Beach, and when I’ll return in January, it will be probably openend.
Ten days between Galungan and Kuningan days, or exactly from May 03 – 13, 2006, Balinese Hindus are celebrating the victory days of good over evil. These celebrations are the most important in the Pawukon calendar. However the most religious celebration is conducted on Galungan Day, which falls on May 03, 2006
This month of year is a chance to see this beautiful island at it is the prettiest since all house compounds and entrance gates are decorated with Penjor, the long, over-hanging bamboo poles decorated with elaborate creations carved and woven from leaves and natural fibers. Schools close and commerce ceases, as attention focuses solely on the devotional activities associated with this special holiday.Â
During Galungan, it is believed that the deified ancestors of the family descend to their former homes where they must be entertained and given offerings. Offerings are also made at the gravesides of those awaiting cremation and their final release into the world of spirits.
Three days before Galungan is called Penyekeban day, which falls on Sunday, October 01, 2005 â€“ the day on which to cover up fermented cakes. Green bananas are sealed in large clay pots and covered with coconut husk in order to ripen them quickly: huge quantities of bananas are required for Galungan offerings.
- Likewise, Penyajaan day, which falls two days before Galungan Day, or exactly occurred on Monday, May 01, 2006. The day is devoted to making many colored cakes of fried rice dough. These are much loved by the Balinese and are used as offerings in numerous ceremonies. Mountains of these cakes can be seen in markets, as a busy housewife will often not have time to make them herself.
One day before Galungan is called Penampahan day, which falls on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 when many pigs are slaughtered for the traditional Galungan morning feast. An essential feature of the menu is the traditional lawar, a spicy hash made of finely chopped pork and dozens of spices. The preparation to make dozens of sticks of the traditional Balinese satay is also done in this slaughter day for the mourning feast and for making the offering to the dead people, which have not been cremated yet.
The following day of Galungan is Umanis Galungan, which falls on Thursday, May 04, 2006 when the devotional duties and feasting are over and families take to the road to visit families and friends and really get into the holiday spirit.
The celebration of the triumph days will last on Kuningan Day, which falls ten days after. It is actually falls on May 13, 2006, when the colorful offering are also offered by every house compound throughout Bali Island.