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Bali’s East Coast

When India’s Prime Minister Pandit Nehru visited Bali in 1950 to attend celebrations marking the newly established independence of Indonesia, he famously called the island “the morning of the world”. His simple but eloquent description really does encapsulate the uniqueness of this special island.
by Don Silcock
Published in X-Ray Issue: 27 - Dec 2008
Authored by: Don Silcock | Photography: Don Silcock | Translation:
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Predominantly Hindu in a nation of over 220 million people, where Islam is the principal religion, Bali is the only place outside of the Indian sub-continent where the Hindu religion exists in any real strength.
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Introduced in the 6th century, by Hindu traders from India, the religion spread rapidly across this huge archipelago of over 17,000 islands, peaking in the 14th century with the Majapahit Empire. The rise of Islam from the 14th century slowly but surely eclipsed the Hindu kingdoms, and Hinduism itself, and ultimately forced what was left of the Hindu elite to take refuge, consolidating in Bali around the end of the 15th century. Their descendants have succeeded in protecting their heritage, and it’s this strong culture. Tourism in Bali Simply stated, tourism is the life-blood of Bali. Its unique culture, special ambience and physical features have drawn visitors to the island since the 1960s. The Balinese are generally very tolerant of tourists and their mores and almost always manage to maintain their smiles and composure. It’s their strong culture and tight village lifestyle that provides this foundation. It’s not just the money that tourism brings to the island that the Balinese ...
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