Culture vs Corona: How Balinese Hindus are responding to restrictions on ceremonial life

The phrase “Bali tak pernah sepi dari suara upacara,” which loosely translates as “Bali is never silent because of the sounds of ceremonies,” was once used to describe the island's constant ceremonial life. Even on Nyepi, the most sacred day in the Balinese Saka calendar, the silence resulting from the island-wide shutdown affirms the perpetual rhythm of Balinese Hindu rituals. As COVID-19 has changed the...

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The Devil’s Due: Selfies and safety at Bali’s most dangerous Instagram spot

The Devil’s Due: Selfies and safety at Bali’s most dangerous Instagram spot

Eka used the last of the life preservers more than two months ago. The 42-year-old food stall operator was down to the last of the half-dozen vests and buoys local authorities had...

RKUHP Explainer: All the controversial articles in Indonesia’s criminal code overhaul

RKUHP Explainer: All the controversial articles in Indonesia’s criminal code overhaul

Indonesia’s government and House of Parliament (DPR) look set to pass a draft revision to the country’s criminal code (RKUHP) next week, raising widespread alarm among...

Taman Baca Kesiman: a ‘reading garden’ in Bali aims to inspire critical thought among islanders

Taman Baca Kesiman: a ‘reading garden’ in Bali aims to inspire critical thought among islanders

Taman Baca Kesiman, which was established in 2014, wants to support Balinese people in developing critical thought through reading.

A Bali-based bookseller’s quest to achieve gender balance on our bookshelves by highlighting female authors

A Bali-based bookseller’s quest to achieve gender balance on our bookshelves by highlighting female authors

Do you read women authors? This Instagram bookseller from Bali is inviting more readers to explore works by women.

First Steps: Balinese woman back on her feet after overcoming unthinkable act of domestic violence

First Steps: Balinese woman back on her feet after overcoming unthinkable act of domestic violence

(Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of brutal acts of domestic violence, reader discretion is advised.) Ni Putu Kariani’s first steps in more than a year...

Vital Signs: In Bali’s ‘deaf village,’ a unique language gives hope to a new generation

Vital Signs: In Bali’s ‘deaf village,’ a unique language gives hope to a new generation

For the first eight years of her life, Nyoman Rasthi Asih was a girl without a language. Born deaf into a family of hearing people, Asih had no way of communicating with her...

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

#UninstallGojek and the high cost of supporting LGBT rights in Indonesia

Lately, it feels like we’re teetering dangerously close to reliving the worst of the LGBT moral panic that swept Indonesia in 2016.

Life Finds a Way: Birth, loss, and the midwives of the Lombok earthquake

Life Finds a Way: Birth, loss, and the midwives of the Lombok earthquake

WEST LOMBOK REGENCY — Siti Raudatul Janah’s contractions began the moment the devastating 7.0 earthquake struck. The Aug. 5 Lombok quake, countless aftershocks, and 6.9...

Life on the Edge: At home in Mount Agung’s danger zone

Life on the Edge: At home in Mount Agung’s danger zone

Jro Mangku Kari still remembers carefully crossing over lava flows on bamboo poles to get down the slopes of the volcano. It was 1963, the last time Bali’s Mount Agung erupted,...


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