The construction industry is notorious for it’s dominance as a “male” industry. In the USA it would be rare to have a female roofer, plumber or an electrician bid for a job.
But in Bali one interesting area where females work side by side men in the construction industry is as concrete helpers. Here the male/female divide is that women move the concrete and the men apply it to brick walls etc.
The surprise is that pound for pound (or rather kilo for kilo) the women move way more weight as men do the finer motor-skilled application work. I guess I’m falling for my own stereotyping by thinking that only men do heavy lifting. Go figure…
The Balinese go to great efforts to treat their ancestors with utmost respect, as they believe that their spirits, in a very real sense, come back to their homes and the home temples that are a part of each piece of property for a Balinese family.
See #1: Family Temple. The house temple called Sanggah or Merajan, is the place to worship the ancestors and the Hyang Guru.
Children are very involved in many of the ceremonies and celebrations, as they sing and dance and run to insure that good triumphs over evil.
The penjor is a curved bamboo pole that is decorated with offerings and displayed in the streets of each Balinese village. It’s a significant investment for the village to build and display penjor poles and they are so lovely. The entire island feels lifted up by these skyward, incredible displays.
With a belief in reincarnation and an active role for their remote ancestors, the Balinese are deeply tied to their land and their ancient culture.
A special club event of Harley Davidson members crowded the new semi-circular structure at Pantai Pererenan. The event is a celebration of the Pererenan side of the beach project, as the walking bridge connection to Echo Beach is not yet completed.
The surprise was how many Harleys are in Bali:
As a USA citizen I am very familiar with Harleys, and I also know of their universal appeal, but for some reason I didn’t associate Harley Davidson ownership with the spirit of the Balinese. But it’s ok to be surprised! While the Balinese show their spiritual side as truly peace-loving people, there are fierce demons to keep at bay. And perhaps the roar of the Harley engine will chase those demons away! Or, more likely, it’s simply a status symbol. The truth is that it’s yet another mystery, and living in Bali comes with a large bundle of mysteries.
Another aspect of the beach development is the increase in the building of more accommodations for newcomers.
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