We were delighted to be reunited with our beloved guide Dana, who helped us find all our furnishings for our Balinese house in Park City ten years ago. He had just spent six weeks in an Ashman, meditating and feeling peace. He is a unique individual and a perfect person to give us further education of the fascinating culture of Bali. He feels almost like family to us.
Dana conducted a tour of a nearby ancient village. He knows absolutely every about everything Balinese and fascinated us with his knowledge of the ancient Balinese civilization. Below he is showing us some of the fabric that took 4 years to create as they rested in vegetal dyes, soaking up color.
Masks and puppets are a huge part of the Balinese Culture:
Saydi gave one a try:
Below is Wedding and Ceremony House and the Birthing House. The Birthing House was closed but peeking inside made me pretty sure I wouldn’t have been delighted to have given birth in there!
And I’m very sure this girl wouldn’t want to stay for her delivery there.
Loved learning with these guys!
Sacred cows roamed the village, eating garbage but looking pretty well fed!
This one looks a little suspicious of Jonah….which he should, given Jonah’s recent history with cows!
Aja was delighted with these colored chickens and was able to find the dye that they used so she could dye her chickens at home for Easter!
And even though we were in an ancient village with people still living there, we saw that some things never change: happy children!