Cockfights, ceremony and celebration on Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Nusa Penida is a part of the magic land, the 17 000 plus islands of the Indonesian Archipelago. The so-called black magic island is a spiritual and superstitious place with a rich Animistic Hindu culture that every Balinese wishes to visit at least once in their lifetime. It boasts little in the way of shopping, hot showers or Internet outlets so if that is what … Continue reading Cockfights, ceremony and celebration on Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Culture is not a spectator sport: Lessons from Bali’s black magic island

Bali. Mentioning you are going there to most well travelled Australians elicits the kind of interested response you’d expect from saying you were visiting a termite mound community for the weekend. It doesn’t have the grungy glamour of Berlin, the exotic sound of Borneo, or the respectable mystique of South America. It’s close (to Australia) and it’s visited by swarms of us. Although it may … Continue reading Culture is not a spectator sport: Lessons from Bali’s black magic island