Children of Bali

Secret Bali | Written By, NOW! BALI |

Bali’s beautiful children always instill a sense of awe. Beautiful, secure, mostly brimming with health, with shining beaming smiles, they seem to harbor some secret that the rest of us are just not party to.  They attend ceremonies, connecting with the amazing energy that Bali possesses. They have their teeth filed to even out the dangerous passions that can damage us. Each rite of passage is attended with a ceremony and ritual. Their world is secure and all encompassing.

TEXT & photos by ayu sekar

Bali’s beautiful children always instill a sense of awe. Beautiful, secure, mostly brimming with health, with shining beaming smiles, they seem to harbor some secret that the rest of us are just not party to.

They attend ceremonies, connecting with the amazing energy that Bali possesses. They have their teeth filed to even out the dangerous passions that can damage us. Each rite of passage is attended with a ceremony and ritual. Their world is secure and all encompassing. They attend school, learn to dance and somehow along the way grasp the secrets of how to be Balinese and whatever that entails.

Their life is special from the start. From babies they are treated like small gods, held, cuddled and cossetted at all times, until when they are eight months old.
Their first experience with touching the ground comes with a big celebratory ceremony when prayers are offered, mantras and incantations uttered and then there is contact. But the care and attention goes on until they are strong enough to become self – reliant. Cossetting but not cloying seems to be the way that most of the children are reared.

Children, especially in the villages, live a simple, natural life. In Amed and other more remote areas, they grow strong and healthy living on a simple diet, often involving little more than a rice and corn mulch with the occasional vegetable, or kelor, a kind of tree leaf. But simple food is often the healthiest.

Running up and down the hills, playing in the sea each evening, they stay in good trim. Other, more urbanized areas offer the dangers of fast food and a much more regulated lifestyle. Still, the spirit of the Balinese remains strong.

Kids like nothing better than to share a joke, enjoy any adventures that may be on offer, and generally revel in their own great spirit.
Try to connect with children while you are in Bali. Many need help with school fees, schoolbooks and anything else that may be part of their scholastic education. Bringing or buying a few dictionaries to give as presents, is another welcome idea.

Enjoy the beauty of these wonderful children and help to keep them safe from harm.!

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