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The faces of Bali's women.


Balinese Housewife with Boreh Facial Mask

Portrait of a Balinese housewife with boreh rice-paste facial mask, Ubud, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Old Balinese Woman from Trunyan Village, Kintamani

Old Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali

Old Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Lake Batur, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Old Balinese Woman, Kintamani, Bali

Old Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Batur, Bali

Old Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Old Balinese Farmer, Lake Batur, Bali

Old Balinese grandmother, Trunyan village, Batur, Bali

Old Balinese grandmother, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Young Female Beggar in Ubud, Bali

Young female beggar from Muntigunung, Bali, on the streets of Ubud

Young female beggar from Muntigunung, Bali, on the streets of Ubud, Indonesia.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Beautiful Young Balinese Woman, Ubud

Beautiful young teenage Balinese girl in Ubud, Bali

Beautiful, young Balinese woman in Ubud, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Balinese Grandmother with Grand-Daughter, Lake Batur, Kintamani, Bali

Grandmother and baby, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali

Grandmother and grand-daughter, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Balinese Great-Grandmother in Buleleng, North Bali

Balinese Great-Grandmother in Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia

Melancholic Balinese great-grandmother on her way to a wedding ceremony in rural Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Young Balinese Bridesmaid in Buleleng, North Bali

Young Balinese bridesmaid in Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia

Young Balinese bridesmaid in Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Teenage Bride in Rural Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia

Young Balinese bride in Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia

A young, teenage Balinese bride on her wedding day in rural Buleleng, North Bali, Indonesia.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Young Balinese Woman, Trunyan Village, Kintamani, Bali

Young Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Lake Batur, Bali

Young Balinese woman, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.


Young Balinese Girl, Kintamani, Bali

Young Balinese girl, Trunyan village, Lake Batur, Bali

Young Balinese girl, Trunyan village, Lake Batur, Bali.
© 2017 Ubud High.



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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM BALI – The Soul of Indonesia.


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Balinese housewife with rice-paste facial, Ubud, Bali

PORTRAITS from Bali's female side.


Balinese-Hindu Melasti Water-Purification Ceremony Before Nyepi, the Day of Silence ➨

Balinese-Hindu faithful de-camp from trucks at Masceti Beach for the annual Melasti ceremony, Bali, Indonesia

BEACH-SIDE water purification ceremonies in the lead-up to Nyepi, Bali's Hindu Saka New Year and Day of Silence.


Ogoh-Ogoh Parades and Festivals on the Eve of Nyepi in Bali ➨

A toothy, topless ogoh-ogoh monster sports a necklace of poisonous snakes in Singakerta, Ubud, the day before Nyepi

OGOH-OGOH PARADES of papier-mâché monsters in Ubud, Sanur, Renon and Kuta on the eve of Nyepi – Bali's Hindu Day of Silence.


'Kerauhan' – Trance and Mass Possession at a Hindu Village Temple Ceremony in Bali, Indonesia ➨

Possessed Balinese-Hindu women dance and pray during a mass-possession ceremony at an annual village temple festival in North Bali, Indonesia

TRANCE AND MASS POSSESSION at an annual Hindu village temple festival in Buleleng, North Bali.


Yoga, Dance, Music and Therapy at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia ➨

A Watsu water-therapy session is conducted in a swimming pool during the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud

A WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL of yoga, therapy, music and dance at Ubud's annual Bali Spirit Festival.


Coastal Beach Erosion and Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia ➨

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

CLIMATE CHANGE and coastal erosion washes up on the shores of Bali.


The Big Read ~ Bali

FEATURES AND STORIES from Indonesia's soul – the Island of the Gods.


The Heads of Trunyan: West Meets East ➨

Portrait of female farm-worker, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

RABIDLY ISOLATIONIST for more than a thousand years, Trunyan Village is best known for its open-air cemetery where corpses are left to decompose under a mystical banyan tree.

But as Ubud High discovers, Trunyan offers a lot more than just skulls and surly guides...


Cinema Paradiso: The Story of Indonesian Cinema on Bali ➨

'Goona Goona (Love Powder)', 1932, nudie-cutie film poster 1930s Bali

BOOBS AND POLITICAL CENSORSHIP have never been far from the Silver Screen. In Indonesia, they're its bedrock.

From 1930's Nudie Cuties to Cannes, Ubud High takes a front-row seat to peer at Bali's place in the history of Indonesian Cinema...


The Story of Ganesha – Ganesh – Bali's Hindu Elephant God ➨

The Hindu Elephant God Ganesha guards a Balinese-Hindu home in Bali, Indonesia

FROM INDIA, TIBET AND JAPAN to Bali. The legends, stories and history of the Hindu Elephant God Ganesha – Ganesh – Lord of Learning and Remover of Obstacles...


How to Survive Ubud on your Rental Scooter ➨

Motorbike accident victim, Ubud, Bali

IMAGINE A SCHOOL OF FISH swimming together. Go with it.

Anyone outside that flow is the one who's going to cause a road accident. Stick to an imaginary lane – and drive defensively.

Keep an eye on who's undertaking or overtaking you, and don't make any sudden moves unless you're about to hit something.

Tips and tricks for keeping the rubber on the road in Bali...


Hornets, Scorpions, Mosquitoes, Poisonous Caterpillars... And Other Strange Bali Tails ➨

Dead green lizard killed by Bali dogs in Ubud, Indonesia

WE ALL HAVE TO PAY for our little slice of Bali Paradise.

And this often comes in the shape of our stinging, biting, crawling, flying cousins. It's the downside of environment-sharing.

Find out what to do when you come up against a scorpion, a jumping spider, an angry Balinese hornet or an unstoppable army of hungry marching ants...