Monday, December 24, 2012

Terraced Rice Paddies


While in Ubud we decided to take a trip to see the famous terraced rice paddies at Tegalalang, an example of Bali's subak irrigation management system, an ancient method of cooperatively allocating water on the island through community centers and temples. 


The system has recently been granted UNESCO World Heritage status, as it reflects the Balinese philosophical triad of Tri Hita Karana, which unites the spiritual, human and natural worlds.  The subak watershed management system is an egalitarian and democratic process that produces a great deal of rice... pretty interesting and definitely beautiful:

The rice terraces are the site of many gatherings and serve as the backdrop for lots of wedding photos:

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