In this Balinese cemetery, the sun is beating ... even for the dead! (Nusa Lembongan, Bali, 2008.)

Seen in Bali

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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Still some pictures brought back from my last stay in Bali. Unusual images, this time, to attack the week with a smile.

The most surprising is surely that of these tombs, surmounted by parasol umbrellas ... In this cemetery of Nusa Lembongan, we protect the dead from the sun!

Religion is ubiquitous in Bali. Even during a short stay, it is not uncommon to attend a ceremony. They are numerous, throughout the year.

We come across quite often, when we move on the island. Which creates corks every time, the time to let the procession, as here, on the road between Amlapura and Sanur.

It must have been a particularly important ceremony. People continued to march past, dressed in traditional sarong and white turbans.

As for the road, by dint of traveling in Asia, I got used to the "exotic" aspects of the traffic. Whether it is driving with horns, or overloaded motorcycles, I do not pay much attention.

And yet, the first time you open your eyes when you see an entire family crammed into the seat and a motorbike almost disappearing under an imposing load: huge straw bales, furniture, baskets, poultry and sometimes even live pigs. ... Below, a street vendor in Lovina, with his junk of plastic objects full of color.

A wardrobe on the beach? It's normal. We are in Sanur, just before the departure of the boat that makes the connection between Bali and the island of Nusa Lembongan. It carries everything that people need. Provisions and water, but also furniture and fridges, motorcycles, animals ...

The cupboard is waiting on the sand for two guys to load it on their shoulders. They then hoist her to the roof of the boat, wading in the shallow water. I watch the operation, watching for the moment when it will slip and fall into the water. But they assure. The huge cabinet is finally stowed, without incident.

In the series "our friends the beasts" admire the audacity of this chick. On the beach of Pemuteran, the pigs of the village sleep in the sand and let themselves peck the snout!

Finally, a small series "special divers". Observe this carrier which is cut out in Chinese shadow, on the pebble beach of Tulamben.

Two blocks balanced on the head and several belts with their weights around the waist and on the shoulders. Awesome, no? The foreign divers recently arrived in Asia, who have never seen this, are astonished, sympathetic, a little embarrassed. Especially the gentlemen.

Some even want to wear in their place. What these women (because they are mostly women who wear) do not appreciate ... The job of carrier is painful, but it is their livelihood. On this ultra-tourist site, divers flock by the hundreds every day to discover the wreck of Liberty.

Finally, a sign displayed in the center Eco-Dive, Jemeluk (Amed) ... Gentlemen, think twice about making a diver's eyes soft!

"My boyfriend says that if I go diving again, he leaves me ... I'm going to miss him, that's for sure. "

: lol:

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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  1. rhololo, as this last sign makes me smile! I have one of those desires to go back to diving ... it's itchy!

  2. While reading your post, some remarks return to me on Bali:
    - The statues are dressed like humans, so why not parasols ...
    - Balinese and Balinese women are always "dressed up" and "clean as new" while they do not have washing machines and ironers ...
    - If the Balinese lead like patients without looking at anything, it is because in the morning they made their offerings and therefore "nothing can happen to them". The problem is that we, when we arrive, we do not know ...
    - The carriers of Tulamben carry 2 blocks of 12l full without eyebrow, but they are aluminum blocks ...
    - A Balinese gives 50% of his salary (and his time) to the temple, it is their taxes ...
    - The wreck of liberty disappointed me a lot. She is broken with lots of people in it. I preferred the drop-off ...
    - If we see few turtles in Bali, it's because the Balinese eat them ...
    I love Bali, I'll have to go back 8)

  3. @ Alimata:
    Fun, your little review of "unusual" details in the Balinese. But I maintain: two blocks of 12l at once, even in aluminum, I find it fortiche. Already with one I have trouble ... As for the wreck of the Liberty, unlike you, I find it beautiful and interesting. Obviously, it's better when we go down before the arrival of the crowd.

    @ Marie-Julie:
    Yes, the photo of the cemetery with its parasols is my favorite too. Bali is really a place apart, with all these beliefs blending Hindu and animist traditions. I like it a lot, and it ends up rubbing off when you travel: you gradually have the impression that spirits are everywhere. 100 years, you say ??? I was far from imagining that you were a very very old lady ...