So here is my 5 photos that sum up my Bali experience. This is a project we've been working on thanks to the encouragement of @rainbowpammyyoga
to keep us focused on what makes our surroundings and our time in this place so magical.
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-1 This badass Barong creature stands guard in front of his temple, in the heart of Kuta's shopping district. With a heritage harking back to ancient, pre-hindu Balinese mythology and stuck in the middle of hedonistic Kuta, this dude really has his work cut out for him! -2 From a far more spiritual place, these teeth belong to another Barong guard. Here in serene Ubud, he has less of the drunken Aussies and thier love of selfies to worry about, and more that his western visitors may love him too fervently (probably with more selfies!) He balls the fire of his breath in his mouth ready to attack if necessary. The sharpness of his teeth are a tribute to Balinese masonry skill. -3 Development in this place sometimes feels like it is boundless. Rice fields are disappearing more and more to make way for luxury villas and yoga centres. But that doesn't stop the jungle from attempting to fight back. Leave it for longer than 5 minutes and it will make your shiny new building a part of its self! The growth winds around pylons and rain eats the steel and concrete. -4 "Many Legs" The abundance of this place makes way for some incredible creatures, made possible by the diverse richness and growth. This little monster is one of the decomposers the jungle relies on, so imagine his predators! 😊 -5 My final image, a temple elder stokes the flaming bonfire of coconut husks. In a few minutes, a local monk driven to a trance state by the chanting of his brothers, will ride a horse of wood and bamboo through the fire. His bare feet subjected to hundreds of degrees of temperature by the flames. This sums up much of Bali for me. These people welcome newcomers with such grace. They will clean your Karma, no matter the danger to themselves. All they ask is a few rupee for a coffee at the end! 😊