If you spend some time in Bali, you’ll find yourself eating rice at least once, if not twice, a day.
Be it sticky, fried, coconut or sweet, rice comes with everything in Indonesia, but it’s not just a food staple. It represents life, prosperity and family fortunes, and the rice goddess Dewi Sri is worshipped on the islands of Java and Bali.
The rituals of rice farming (cycles of planting, tending, irrigating and harvesting) shape a Balinese farmer’s life, and the paddy fields and cleverly designed streams form the lush green landscape that characterizes this island.
However those little grains are the product of intensive labor: it means bending over all day, up to the knees in mud and water, under the hot sun.