Psalm 96:4

"For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise..."

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia

I had a hard time choosing pictures to post so get ready for a long journey with me through Bali...

Workers in a field.

Small village

Typical village home kitchen.

Beautiful terraced rice fields.

Rice fields

Nusa Dua beach area

Small shops along hillside

Farmer plowing his field

Lady tending some cows in pasture

Kuta Beach

Nusa Dua beach

Rice fields

Beautiful volcano mountain area

Volcano mountain area in Bali

Fishing huts along the beach.

Interesting Places Visited in Bali...

We saw many interesting places and of course the evidence of a Hindu culture is just about everywhere.

Gitgit Waterfall - notice the black and white sarong on the rock...supposed to confine the evil spirits to that area according to Hindu belief.

These stone statues are seen everywhere and are usually very ugly to scare off the evil spirits.
(I am so thankful for the presence of the Holy Spirit in me and the peace I have in need to live in fear.)

Each city,town and village has a statue as you enter.

Suja and Larry

Gate to Taman Ayun Hindu temple.

Pura Luhur Batukaru one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bali and we were required to wear sarongs.

Lots of steps to climb...Pura Besakih the oldest and most sacred temple in Bali.

Water Palace area. Floating Pavillion at Taman Ujung East Bali.

Monkey Forest

Stone carved statues.

Village market buying a fan to stay "cool".

Wood carving of an eagle.

Balinese & Kris Dance

The Barong-play represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirits.

Unusual Afternoon in Bali

While we were in Bali we took a drive to the northeast area to Batur Lake, the largest lake in Bali, and took a boat ride across the lake to a cemetery that was quite unusual.

Active volcano/Mt Batur and Lake Batur

We took our boat ride across to the village where an unusual cemetery is still used.

Larry & our guide, Suja, looking out over Batur Lake.

An exciting boat ride across the lake.Arriving at the village cemetery.

Welcome to cemetery of Trunyan.

Entrance to cemetery area which is under a Banyan tree.

Bodies placed in bamboo shelters.

This area is for elderly people that die and are laid on top of the ground until only the skeletons remain.

The bodies are laid here and protected from animals with bamboo sticks.

Skulls & skeletons left under the Banyan tree.

The temple area for the cemetery village.