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On An Island. (Bali IV)

From a geographical point of view, this is undoubtedly an island. With its 3300 km2, it is one of the smallest of the Sunda Islands.
It is located near the Wallace line, a theoretical line, which forms the boundary between flora and fauna of Asia and those of Oceania. Thus, three-quarters of its surface feature Asian vegetation with paddy fields and coconut groves while the small peninsula that borders the south deep and dangerous Badung Strait is much more arid.

But it is also an island for another reason. Bali's population (4 million) is 98% Hindu. It is an enclave in the heart of Indonesia, where 86% of the 243 million people are Muslims.

Despite this environment, the Balinese have managed to preserve their rites, their culture and traditions that their perpetuate today, with a vibrant dynamism through their every day life as well as their colorful ceremonies, their music and all the others artistical expressions ...


D’un point de vue géographique, c’est indiscutablement une île. Avec ses 3300 km2, c’est l’une des plus petites des Îles de la Sonde.
Elle présente la particularité d’être située à proximité de la ligne Wallace, ligne théorique, qui trace la frontière entre flore et faune de l’Asie et celles de Océanie. Ainsi, les trois-quarts de sa surface présentent une végétation asiatique avec des rizières et des cocoteraies alors que la petite péninsule qui borde au sud le profond et dangereux détroit de Badung est beaucoup plus aride.

Mais c’est aussi une île à un autre titre. La population de Bali (4 millions d’habitants) est hindouiste à 98 %. C’est une enclave au coeur de l’Indonésie dont 86 % des 243 millions d’habitants sont musulmans.

En dépit de cet environnement, le Balinais ont su préserver leurs rites, leur culture et leurs traditions qu’ils perpétuent, aujourd’hui encore, à travers leur vie quotidienne, leurs cérémonies colorées, leur musique et toutes leurs autres expressions artistiques.
On An Island.
On An Island.
Equatorial Clouds.
Equatorial Clouds.
Gunung Agung.
Gunung Agung.
A Beauty from Denpasar.
A Beauty from Denpasar.
Facing Tanah Lot Temple.
Facing Tanah Lot Temple.
A Local Protection against the Tropical Sun.
A Local Protection against the Tropical Sun.
Offerings on the Shore.
Offerings on the Shore.
A Villager. Sakenan.
A Villager. Sakenan.
Two Sisters Preparing Offerings. Tampaksiring.
Two Sisters Preparing Offerings. Tampaksiring.
Bukit Jumbul.
Bukit Jumbul.
A walk in the Rice Fields near Ubud.
A walk in the Rice Fields near Ubud.
Terraces Rice Fields. Tegal Lallang.
Terraces Rice Fields. Tegal Lallang.
A Young Girl during a Legong Dance Lesson Open air.
A Young Girl during a Legong Dance Lesson Open air.
The Legong Lesson. Tuban.
The Legong Lesson. Tuban.
Three Young Legong Dancers backstage.
Three Young Legong Dancers "backstage".
All the Grace of Bali.
All the Grace of Bali.
An Actor - Denpasar.
An Actor - Denpasar.
Bali Arts Festival. Opening Parade. Denpasar.
Bali Arts Festival. Opening Parade. Denpasar.
The Rough Coast near Tabanan (West Bali)
The Rough Coast near Tabanan (West Bali)
East Coast in the afternoon. Lipah.
East Coast in the afternoon. Lipah.
Tanah Lot - Afternoon light.
Tanah Lot - Afternoon light.
Smokes of the Rituals.
Smokes of the Rituals.
Devotion. Besakih.
Devotion. Besakih.
Portrait of a Brahmana - Tanah lot.
Portrait of a "Brahmana" - Tanah lot.
Smile and Laugh are never far on a Balinese's Face.
Smile and Laugh are never far on a Balinese's Face.
Hostess Welcoming the Guests on a Private Religious Ceremony. Ubud.
Hostess Welcoming the Guests on a Private Religious Ceremony. Ubud.
Pilgrim with a Turban. Besakih Temple.
Pilgrim with a Turban. Besakih Temple.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan.
A Private Ceremony. Besakih.
A Private Ceremony. Besakih.
Besakih.
Besakih.
Ulu Watu, the Southern part of Bali.
Ulu Watu, the Southern part of Bali.
A Fishermen's Village on the East Coast and Agung Volcano.
A Fishermen's Village on the East Coast and Agung Volcano.
Saraswati Temple and Garden. Ubud.
Saraswati Temple and Garden. Ubud.
Two Friends. Bali Festival Opening Parade. Denpasar.
Two Friends. Bali Festival Opening Parade. Denpasar.
The Rest of the Little Pendet Dancer.
The Rest of the Little Pendet Dancer.
The Gamelan Player. Tanah Lot.
The Gamelan Player. Tanah Lot.
Sunset on Benoa Harbour (Low Tide).
Sunset on Benoa Harbour (Low Tide).
Sunset in Segara (West Coast).
Sunset in Segara (West Coast).
Sunset at Segara.
Sunset at Segara.
An Actress. Denpasar.
An Actress. Denpasar.
The Young Pendet Dancer. Jimbaran.
The Young Pendet Dancer. Jimbaran.
A Dancer at a Marriage Ceremony. Kuta.
A Dancer at a Marriage Ceremony. Kuta.
A Shop Keeper. Sukawati.
A Shop Keeper. Sukawati.
The Painter on the Beach. Kuta.
The Painter on the Beach. Kuta.
Two friends. Denpasar.
Two friends. Denpasar.
Facing the Straight of Badung (South Coast).
Facing the Straight of Badung (South Coast).
Going out for afternoon fishing. Lipah.
Going out for afternoon fishing. Lipah.
Candi Dasa.
Candi Dasa.
The Grilled Corn Seller. Segara.
The Grilled Corn Seller. Segara.
Music is Joy !
Music is Joy !
Gebogan. Denpasar.
Gebogan. Denpasar.
The Region of Sidemen. South-East Bali.
The Region of Sidemen. South-East Bali.
Jatiluwih.
Jatiluwih.
Onions Fields near Batur Lake.
Onions Fields near Batur Lake.
Bringing Offerings on a Sacred Day.
Bringing Offerings on a Sacred Day.
Denpasar Parade.
Denpasar Parade.
Portrait with Wind. Tanah Lot.
Portrait with Wind. Tanah Lot.
Goddess' Whispers. Denpasar.
Goddess' Whispers. Denpasar.
Cleaning the Lotus Pond - Ubud.
Cleaning the Lotus Pond - Ubud.
After the Purification - Tanah Lot.
After the Purification - Tanah Lot.
Planting the Young Rice. Ubud.
Planting the Young Rice. Ubud.
Pura Taman Ayun - Mengwi.
Pura Taman Ayun - Mengwi.
Sunset splendors - Southwest Coast.
Sunset splendors - Southwest Coast.
A Smile from Bali. Sakenan.
A Smile from Bali. Sakenan.
Saraswati temple. Ubud.
Saraswati temple. Ubud.
A Very Young Legong Dancer Ready to Perform. Tuban.
A Very Young Legong Dancer Ready to Perform. Tuban.
Rice Fields around Mount Seraya (East Bali).
Rice Fields around Mount Seraya (East Bali).
Face to Face. Besakih.
Face to Face. Besakih.
She was Bringing Offerings to Tampaksiring Temple.
She was Bringing Offerings to Tampaksiring Temple.
Evening Procession. Jimbaran.
Evening Procession. Jimbaran.
Sun is Back Again. Benoa.
Sun is Back Again. Benoa.
East Bali.
East Bali.
After a Blessing at Besakih.
After a Blessing at Besakih.
Clouds and Sands. Nusa Dua.
Clouds and Sands. Nusa Dua.
The Gamelan Master. Besakih.
The Gamelan Master. Besakih.
In the Heart of the Island.
In the Heart of the Island.
A Priestess during a Celebration in Tuban.
A Priestess during a Celebration in Tuban.
Rice Fields in  Ubud.
Rice Fields in Ubud.
On Sukawati Market.
On Sukawati Market.
The Young Drummer-Girl. Denpasar.
The Young Drummer-Girl. Denpasar.
Low Tide. Tuban.
Low Tide. Tuban.
Sunset. Tuban.
Sunset. Tuban.