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Bali Expat­­ ­◆ 30th January – 12th February 2013

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ndonesia has been in International news frequently since we entered the New Year, however unfortunately not for positive reasons. Bali experienced tropical cyclone Iggy, killing at least 16 people and damaging thousands of homes as the winds tore down trees and the rains caused fatal landslides. Jakarta then faced flooding of severe magnitude, some waters around the city not receding for three days, causing people to be trapped in their homes in unsanitary conditions. The flooding put the nation’s capital on a state of emergency with the Presidential Palace knee deep in brown water and at least 20 people killed, thousands displaced. I was in Jakarta during this period and witnessed the capital of the fourth largest nation in the world grind to a complete halt at the hands of Mother Nature as well as a lack of infrastructure and proper building control. Much of the cause was runoff from the neighbouring mountain area of Bogor due to unregulated building. Bali is now in the headlines again with the shock verdict of the death penalty handed to 56-year-old cocaine smuggler, Lindsay Sandiford. Views expressed on this verdict have been mixed as many say Sandiford was well aware of the strict drug trafficking rules of Indonesia and others contradict saying she was just a drug mule trying to protect

her son and that the real criminals, the drug lords who she was trafficking for, are still at large. Whatever the case, my own personal opinion is that capital punishment is not for this day and age. Hopefully Sandiford can appeal and reform, as everyone should have the right to a second chance. Having said all that, Chinese New Year is coming up around the corner and as many begin to rebuild their lives, I hope everyone can find a reason to celebrate the welcoming of the Year of the Snake with a positive outlook for the future. This issue we bring you the stars with a feature on stargazing in Bali by Leif Hope and a piece by Bruce W. Carpenter where he delves into the art of ancient calendars. Grace Susetyo joins us with a look into the mysteries of Buddhism’s largest temple, Borobudur in Central Java, also heavily influenced by astronomy. As usual, this and much more, so whatever your stars have in store for you this Chinese New Year, I wish you a prosperous and happy year of the Snake. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Frederick Ng Finance & Admin

Pertiwi Gianto Putri Lini Verawaty Contributors

Bruce W. Carpenter Karen Davis Leif Hope Lara van Osenbruggen Francesco Ricciardi Eamonn Sadler Grace Susetyo Editorial Enquiries

in this 16th issue: The Traditional Fish Market of Jimabaran and Sustainable Seafood Choices ..............(3) Stars over Bali .......................................................................................................................(4)

Circulation Enquiries

Cosmic Art .............................................................................................................................(6)

Meet Robin Lim .....................................................................................................................(8) The Ancient Puzzle of Borobudur .....................................................................................(10)


Rumble in the Jungle ..........................................................................................................(12) Laugh and Death in the Slow Lane ...................................................................................(13)


Events ................................................................................................................................... (14)

Classifieds .............................................................................................................................(15)

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The Traditional Fish Market of Jimbaran and Sustainable Seafood Choices words and photos by Francesco Ricciardi


very visit to a pasar ikan (fish market) in Indonesia can be an unforgettable experience. Not only for the smell and frantic activities around the market, but also because it’s a mirror on the aquatic life of the archipelago, even for people used to only seeing fish served on a plate. Fish markets are frequented by housewives, restaurant staff and even scientists. Several years ago a biologist discovered the presence of a rare fish considered extinct for thousands of years in a Manado fish market. Recently, a team of Australian scientists, after surveying Indonesian fish markets, discovered several species new to science, including new species of shark. Close to the touristic area of Jimbaran, local buyers flock to the market for the freshest seafood in the area. The market is “structured” in three main parts: a wholesale area, a public sale area and an area with some local fishermen selling their products directly on the beach. If you arrive early enough (normally around 6 am) you will have the possibility to observe traditional Jukung (the double outrigger traditional Balinese canoe) coming back to shore after a night spent at sea. In the frantic hours before the official market’s opening (around 7 am), many vans from all around Bali will bring fresh seafood inside ice boxes, ready to be delivered to Jimbaran sellers. The close ice-producing factory provides long bars of ice to keep the fish fresh. From personal observation and from speaking to the sellers, Jimbaran fishermen normally bring smaller reefassociated fish or small tunas (like mackerels) that are sold to local customers, while bigger fish, clams and crustaceans come mainly from the largest fishing villages located in the North of Bali, like Kusamba and the Amed area. An eye on sustainable fishing I always try to have a “sustainable” approach to seafood products. Many seafood resources are already overexploited and should be avoided (for example, shark or turtle meat). A big signboard close to the beach, in Balinese and Bahasa, warns fishermen of the prohibition of fishing some species of shark (like Thresher sharks, intensively fished off Lombok especially during their reproductive season), turtles and dolphins. There was no sign

of these prohibited items in the market, although if caught, they would probably be sold in an ‘alternative’ way. What I did notice is a relatively high presence of undersized animals (like small tunas, or coral groupers) which is a clear indication of the overfishing of these species. When big fish have already been targeted for many years, it has been scientifically demonstrated that the average body size of a fish population can decrease, which has happened to many coral grouper populations all around Indonesia and the world. Even while diving in protected areas it’s very rare to see a grouper longer than 25-30 cm. Several fishermen I spoke to told me that especially in the last 10 years the size of larger fish is definitely shrinking. Big specimens of the so-called Mahi-Mahi (dolphin fish), indicate that they probably could be a good choice from an overfishing point of view. There were not many barracudas around, and when they are there, they are snapped up quickly as they are very easy to sell to tourists. The only large sized reefassociated fish seemed to be large snappers, like the red snapper (Kakap Merah). There are also squid (cumicumi), prawn (udang), crabs (kepiting), a couple of enormous lobsters (udang raya), and many different species of clams and scallops (tiram). Crustaceans like crabs and lobsters are generally caught in the wild with different traditional techniques like traps or hand fishing. Prawns, the majority being Asian tigers (udang windu), raise a big question of sustainability as they are normally farmed in big artificial pools close to the sea,

generally replacing mangrove areas, and creating problems within the community. To avoid the presence of parasites and disease, these farms use a large amount of antibiotics that after a while can make the farm unusable, so a new one must be built, replacing more coastal mangroves. Prawns from intensive farming should be avoided, while traditional harvesting can be accepted, even if it’s quite difficult to understand their true source. Trawl fisheries for wild-caught tropical and sub-tropical prawns account for 27% of the world's fish bycatch: as much as 10kg is discarded for every kg of prawn brought to land. Bycatch includes the capture of endangered species such as sea turtles and dolphins. Cephalopods like squid normally are not overfished (with some exceptions): just check the real freshness of what you’re going to buy. I once had food poisoning from cumi-cumi a couple of years ago and it was a terrible experience. The key for every consumer is to be aware of his impact on the world. If there were no requests for shark fin, our ocean would still be full of sharks. Consumers make the difference in everyday choices, even in the small Jimbaran market. An electronic guide to sustainable seafood in Indonesia is available on the WWF website: http://awsassets. guide_electronic_new.pdf Trying to get sustainable seafood is an important choice that can affect the future of our oceans. It’s just a drop in the sea, but if the request for endangered species is reduced, their catches will be reduced. ■

A Quick Guide to Sustainable Seafood in Bali say







Every species of Hiu

(Skypjack Tuna)



Every species of wild caught Kerapu


(Barramundi and other groupers)


Penyu (Turtle) and their eggs




(Napoleon Wrasse)

(Rainbow Runner)

Tuna Biru


(Bluefin Tuna)


Ikan Telur

Farmed Kerapu

(fish eggs)


Intensively farmed Udang Windu

Traditional Udang Windu

(Tiger Shrimp)

(Tiger Shrimp)

Francesco Ricciardi Francesco Ricciardi is a freelance photographer and journalist based in Bali. PhD in Marine Biology and diving instructor, he uses his camera to uncover the wonders of Indonesian marine and terrestrial wildlife. His website:


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Stars over Bali by Leif Hope


rom time immemorial humans have been transfixed by the heavens. The oldest map of the night sky, found in Germany in 1979, is of the Orion constellation carved on a Mammoth tusk over 32,000 years ago. If you’re from nontropical Asia, Europe or North America, you will see a whole new night sky over Bali. All of your old familiar astral friends are still here parading from east to west across the Southern Hemisphere each night, but the constellations will be in totally different positions. Stargazing in the countryside of Bali is unique because of relatively little light pollution, so the background is very dark. You will also be able to view a larger portion of the sky in the Southern Hemisphere than can be viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, though the southern sky is not as populated with as many bright stars as in the north. You can start stargazing in the early evening in the tropics, as the twilight is very short in the late afternoon and early evening. The sun’s path through the sky at the equator deviates very little throughout the year. The sun lingers briefly and then drops below the horizon almost immediately after sunset and rises quickly above the horizon at

daybreak, usually at 6 pm and 6:30 am (depending on the season) respectively. An unusual tropical phenomenon which occurs year round, not visible in the northerly latitudes, is a strange faint glow – a reflection of meteoric dust - called the Zodiacal Light which hovers over the horizon when the sun rises or sets. Since the cloud build-up during Bali’s rainy season (November– April) obscures the night sky, pick a clear moonless evening in the dry season (May–October) when you are almost guaranteed a cloudless night sky. Even in the lower latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, city lights or clouds on the horizon usually obscure many lovely constellations that can be clearly viewed on Bali. The air transparency is remarkably clear in almost any locale outside the Denpasar area. The Stars of the Southern Hemisphere The brightest star in the Southern Hemisphere is Scorpius. The long, curving tail of this enormous and awe-inspiring constellation reaches its fullest height on the meridian in Bali at 8 or 9 pm in July. Just east of Scorpius is the broad spangled band of the Milky Way (called Danau or “lake” in

Bahasa), stretching across the centre of the skies from north to south, packed with scores of brilliant stars. The prominent North Star of the Northern Hemisphere is conspicuous by its absence over Bali, and there is no equivalent “South Star” to take its place as a distinct marker of the heavens. The North Pole Star is useful for Northern Hemisphere observers as a helpful tool for finding other stars, but here in the Southern Hemisphere the South Pole Star is not visible to the naked eye, though still important because all the southern stars will circle it as the night progresses.

The Big Dipper (called Perahu or “boat”) is only visible, low and to the north, after 8 or 9 pm from February to June. Orion doesn’t appear until mid-November. Called Tenggala (The Plough), it lies on its side and more resembles a plough than it does when viewed in the Northern Hemisphere. Polaris is out of sight below Bali’s horizon. Aries, the Ram (called Bengkongor or “the curve”) doesn’t make

its appearance in Bali until late September. Magnificent Pheiades, the Seven Sisters, does not rise until early October, and Taurus, the Bull, until late October. Taurus is unmistakable because of the fiery red colour of its main star Aldeberan, called Suda Malung or “eye of the pig”. What comes as a surprise to people from northern climes, the most striking feature of the southern skies is not the Southern Cross. Known as Crux by astronomers, the Cross can be made out in different positions and at different times in the course of the evening depending on the month of


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"Since the cloud buildup during Bali’s rainy season (November– April) obscures the night sky, pick a clear moonless evening in the dry season (May– October) when you are almost guaranteed a cloudless night sky. "

the year. The constellation is not very big, dwarfed by Centaurus, the half-man, half-horse Centaur creature of Greek mythology, a huge and sweeping star group. The Southern Cross is still quite distinguishable in the southern skies. Consisting of five medium bright stars, the constellation can easily be seen on Bali around 8 or 9 pm between December and August. It will be at its highest, 30 degrees above the horizon, in May at 8 or 9 pm, but will drop below the horizon during August, appearing again in the east in December. In its highest vertical position, the Crux will cover four fingers held at arm’s length. Once identified, the Southern Cross will remain a constant point of reference around which all stars in the Southern Hemisphere are displayed. If you look west of the Southern Cross, you’ll see two principal constellations - the large rambling Vela, the “sail”, on Jason’s mythical ship, and directly below to the south is Carina, the keel of the seafarer’s ship.

Balinese Astrology Though there is no astronomy club on Bali, much less an observatory, the movement of the sun (Surya), moon (Candra) and stars (Bintang) play a weighty role in the Balinese religion. The signs of the Zodiac and their astrological connections, printed on the back of the traditional Balinese calendar, are widely consulted. Balinese Astrology is based on the Balinese calendar of five and seven days, each day represented by a symbol in the form of a deity, tree, bird or animal. It is auspicious to worship the deity appropriate to the day on which you were born. For example, keeping a cat is particularly lucky for people born on a Thursday. Ancient palm-leaf manuscripts record astronomical events, accounts of lunar and solar eclipses and heroes named after stars are found in the Hindu Mahabarata epic, the names of prominent stars are recited in the mantras of priests, lamak cut out in the shape of stars are used in offerings. A comet (Bintang Kuskus) is said to have appeared at the death of Sukarno, Indonesia’s first president who was half-Balinese. Because they fish at night, Balinese fishermen use different stars throughout the year for navigational purposes. The Pleiades constellation (Bintang Muwung) determines the northsouth direction. When Canopus (Lumba-Lumba or “porpoise”) is rising, it means that the winds will blow strongly from the southeast. Some old farmers still use the stars to decide the right time for harvesting and planting. ■


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art of the indies

Cosmic Art

by Bruce W. Carpenter


he Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars have served as the muses of artists, musicians, poets and writers since the beginning of time. Precise knowledge of the cycles of the Moon and its influences, both magical and physical (the tides), was already widespread among our Neolithic ancestors who achieved this understanding over centuries using only their bare eyes and collective memory. Indeed it can be argued that this in turn triggered a quantum leap in human consciousness. The rise of civilization is intimately linked with the development of the first full-blown calendar in the Middle East 5,000 years ago. So, too, the invention of writing, marking the end of prehistory, and mathematics, were developed as sophisticated tools to accurately observe, measure and record the movements of the heavens over long periods of time. The science of the Sun, Moon, planets, stars and comets stimulated and resulted in the arcane science of Astrology, founded on the belief that just as the heavenly bodies exercised an equally profound influence on humans it did so also upon oceans and seasons. The earliest written treatise on the subject is the Venus Tablet of Ammisaduqa, a relic from the Babylonian city of Nineveh. Written in cuneiform over 3,700 years old, it records the appearance and transit of Venus in

the sky above the Fertile Crescent over a period of 21 years. Notably it is only one chapter in a larger astrological treatise discussing the impact of Venus on humans. The ability to predict the movements of the heavens exercised many profound effects. One of the most important was the notion “As in Heaven, so on Earth”. This little ditty offered a golden opportunity to those who could foretell eclipses, comets and rare celestial phenomenon. Viewed as superhuman, some like the pharaohs of Egypt and Emperors of China declared themselves as Living Divinities and oversaw the ritual calendar governing the changing of seasons and planting of crops carefully. Aided by his priest-astrologers, the pharaoh was able to announce the imminent arrival of fertile floods that allowed Egypt to become the breadbasket of the Antique World. It was the Babylonians who first divided the Sky into 12 equal parts, each associated with a constellation from which the names of the Zodiac signs are derived. This esoteric learning spread like wildfire to India and beyond. Similar systems also arose independently. The best known of these is the Mayan Calendar,

which according to some predicted the end of the world in 2012. In most cases the new systems were probably merged with local lore and knowledge. The Chinese, who had observed the stars for centuries, absorbed and integrated elements from the western calendar that crossed the Gobi Desert to supplement their own. They, too, divided the sky into 12, however, placed the emphasis on the 12-year cycle of the revolution of Saturn around the Sun. Recent discoveries have also brought surprises. One was the discovery of a breathtakingly beautiful 4,000 year old bronze and gold “Sky Disk” in Nebra, Germany. An advanced astrolabe, the disk refutes the long popular negative stereotype that depicts the Teutonic tribes of northern Europe as bloodthirsty, smelly primitives with rotten teeth and furry hides. The Sky disk, which predates the Roman invasion of Germania by almost 2,000 years, denies the skewed image seen in Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Gladiators”. As they say, the victor writes the history. In contrast, the Austronesians, the ancestors of most Indonesians, who began settling in the archipelago some 5,000 years ago, suffer from a near total lack of

"Indonesians believed in a male Solar Deity and his wife, the Goddess of the Earth, also associated with the Moon, who together represented the polar powers of the Cosmos and the Ultimate Nature Spirits." visibility. Known only to a handful of scholars, the great feats of these ancient people goes largely unsung until today, even among Indonesians. Arguably the greatest sailors in the history of Mankind, the Austronesians, who explored half of the globe, possessed an intimate and profound knowledge of the movement of the sky, ocean currents, practical indications (the appearance of birds, etc.) and variations of the wind. Magnificently accumulated over centuries and interwoven, this knowledge allowed them to crisscross vast distances in large ocean-going sea crafts. In addition they developed the most sophisticated shipbuilding and navigation technology yet known. Remarkably all of this was done without writing. Instead they stored their knowledge and secrets including the knowledge of the stars in the form of chants, incantations and lore committed to prodigious memories and passed on and expanded upon

from generation to generation over a period of more than 1,000 years. Many, such as the Toraja, who liken their traditional houses to ships, believe that their ancestors descended to earth on similar boats that they sailed from the constellation of Sirius and the Seven Sisters. The remnants of this secret ancient knowledge merged with later influences from India and other systems is still found in the use of quickly disappearing traditional calendars, many which trace their origins back to the core beliefs of the Austronesians — ancestor worship (both male and female) and propitiation of great nature spirits, a form of animism that acknowledges the powers of mountains, rivers and huge trees, as well as more abstract beings including the awesome naga dragons who control fertility and rain. Before the coming of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity most ancient


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Captions: 1. Javanese calendar 2. Dayak calendar 3. Balinese calendar 4. Skydisk 5. Zodiac beaker 6. Batak calendar 7. Tika painting

Indonesians believed in a male Solar Deity and his wife, the Goddess of the Earth, also associated with the Moon, who together represented the polar powers of the Cosmos and the Ultimate Nature Spirits. While native calendars, based on both the cycles of the Moon and Sun, were once used as a practical device to mark the cycle of the days, weeks, months and years, in the modern world this function has been largely displaced by the Gregorian calendar, which now dominates the world. Before their conversion to other religions, the magic men of the fierce Batak people of northern Sumatra and the Dayak headhunters of Borneo relied on complicated and often beautiful calendars made of black ironwood, bamboo and bones. Inscribed with images of animals, spirit figures and naga, they were used, usually by shamans or specialists, to determine propitious days to embark on new ventures — building a house, planting a field, a headhunting expedition. The calendars also marked taboos—do not cut bamboo, avoid sacred places where attack by malevolent spirits was more likely on certain days, etc. The traditional calendars of Bali (tika) and Java, serve a similar purpose, until

today. These date back to the ritual calendar used by the East Javanese Majapahit Empire that held sway over most of Indonesia and parts of Southeast Asia at its height in the 14th and 15th century. Ritual bronze holy water vessels, known as Zodiac beakers because they are decorated with the 12 star signs, are an early example of Indonesian Astrological Art. Often dated, some of the signs, such as Sagittarius and Scorpio, are easily recognized and are indirectly (via India) connected to the 5,000 year-old lore of ancient Babylonia. The Balinese have a long tradition of Calendar Art. Among the most famous are paintings divided into numerous boxes with amusing images of animals and people. Other calendars can be quite simple — rectangular pieces of wood with esoteric notations marking good and bad days. Others can be richly carved and enhanced with paint and gold leaf. On rare occasions similar Javanese calendars can be found, although these have become exceedingly rare because of the inroads of fundamentalist Islam. Changes have come to Bali, too. For the most part the old tika calendars have been supplanted by a plethora of western style paper wall calendars, oftentimes embellished with garish Indian poster images of gods and goddesses that have little to do with Balinese art or culture. No matter what their form, traditional calendars stand as the living continuation of an ancient Astrological tradition. When you refer to a calendar, be it on your smart phone, or a relic like a paper desk version, you are united with our common ancestors who stared at the sky with awe and wondered, finally coming to understand that there is a Cosmic order in an otherwise chaotic and often dangerous World. ■

Bruce W. Carpenter Author and noted Indonesian art expert, Bruce W. Carpenter has authored and coauthored more than 16 books and scores of articles on the art, culture and history of Indonesia. His most recent was Antique Javanese Furniture and Folk Art.


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meet the expat

Robin Lim Meet Robin Lim, also known as ‘Ibu Robin’, Founder and Executive Director of Yayasan Bumi Sehat [Healthy Mother Earth Foundation]. Robin was awarded the prestigious CNN Hero of the Year 2011, UNIFEM Singapore Committee Woman of the Month (December 2008), Mothers Naturally Award 2010, Birthkeeper Award 2012 and Alexander Langer International Peace Award 2006.

by Karen Davis

You are a wife and mother of eight, a grandmother, a midwife, healer and educator. You are also a published author. Is your novel ‘Butterfly People’ based on your personal history? Butterfly People is based on six generations of my family in the Philippines, from the 1800’s until today. It is a biographical fiction about love, family and tradition. It is about the simple joys in life which we all have in abundance. My grandmother, Hilot Vicenta Munar Lim was the village Hilot [healer] and baby-catcher.

You became a midwife after experiencing personal tragedies. What led you here to do the work you are doing? The death of my sister and her baby due to complications during pregnancy as well as the loss of my best friend made me re-examine my life. My husband and I sold our home in Hawaii and moved our family to Bali. Once here I noticed that there was a need to address problems such as malnutrition, especially among pregnant women. The modified rice crops yield more harvest but the rice has less nutritional value. I started in a room over my kitchen, helping educate in pre-natal care and infant care. I delivered babies in people’s homes. Demand for my services grew in the expat community as well. I obtained formal midwife certification with North American Registry of Midwives and Ikatan Bidan in Indonesia. In 2003, with the help of the Balinese community and midwives and donations from friends worldwide, the first Yayasan Bumi Sehat Clinic was opened.

You offer free pre natal care, birthing services, medical aid, educational and human services to over 50,000 people in need each year. You have clinics in Bali and Sumatra, but you have also brought maternal and infant care to devastated areas since 2004. What other disaster areas have you brought your skills to? The tsunami of 2004 in Aceh, Sumatra was the first disaster area we went to, and we are still in Aceh. It is the largest catastrophe in our lives with over 400,000 deaths! The need there still remains great. All the first responders have left and our clinic there serves the medical needs of the people. I believe everyone has the right to gentle, natural, effective procedures and medicine. In 2006 the Rotary Club built a new clinic in Aceh for Bumi Sehat and it is all off the grid using solar power and other green technologies and is earthquake resistant. In 2006 we went to Jogjakarta to bring aid to the earthquake victims followed by Padang in 2008. We brought services to Haiti in 2010 following the destructive earthquake. Haiti was such a terrible disaster. There was a lack of medical supplies and doctors lacked instruments; they worked in tents. We teach how to safely cope with reproductive health issues in a disaster zone, and how to work without instruments such as burning the umbilical cord rather than clamping and cutting, which also mitigates the risk of infection. What motivates you to create such positive change? I believe in a benevolent hand that dreams this universe into existence. This hand moves for me


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when I trust in utter uncertainty. As a midwife, this is the humble place, the centre from which I work. It is my belief that original sin is birth trauma because it determines how we as a species impact our environment. Thus protecting children at birth will initiate a better world with the potential for healing change within one generation. You practice a gentle birthing technique called Lotus or Wisdom birth and are an advocate of natural birthing such as protecting the placenta and the baby by not cutting the umbilical cord right after birth. Can you tell us about your new book: The Placenta the Forgotten Chakra? Your placenta is genetically identical to you. Your belly button is a souvenir reminder of your placenta. In many traditions such as in Bali it is believed the placenta or Ari-Ari is the physical body of a child’s guardian angel whose body, the placenta, dies after birth. The Angel’s spirit stays with the child for life. It is born alive as evidenced by the pulsing umbilical cord. Traditionally in Bali the placenta is wrapped in cloth and entombed within a coconut before being buried, usually to the right or left of the doorway, depending on the sex of the baby. I believe the placenta is each person’s Tree of Life (Kayon in Indonesian). It is an archetypal symbol essential in Wayang Kulit [shadow puppet theatre]. The puppets represent form and the shadows represent soul. Modern culture simply disposes of the placenta as waste. This is the result of an ugly revolution in the 20th century—the industrialization of childbirth. Babies delivered from the mother, not by her. Babies are ‘rescued’ from the womb, the umbilical cord clamped and cut with no attention to the trauma of separating baby, mother and placenta. Medicine becomes divorced from nature. The placenta makes the act of creation possible and supplies stem cells, blood supply, and nutrients to the infant even after birth. In most medical settings they take the baby away at the most important time, blood flow and oxygen are cut off. Before the baby’s first breath, the infant feels death. Stillborn babies can sometimes be brought to life if the placenta remains attached by submerging it in warm water or massaging it. Ayurvedic medicine has recognized this for millennia. The jeeva [life force] of the child is stored in the placenta and passed gradually after birth. Our connection to this life force was dismissed by the medical establishment, and only now being recognized by a more progressive medical establishment.

You are an advocate for parental rights. What is the biggest issue here in Indonesia? When families fear they cannot take their new baby home from the hospital until they have paid the bill; it is a human rights issue. Some are forced to relinquish their babies for adoption. Unreported and largely preventable maternal and infant deaths occur regularly all over the world, where even average income families cannot afford to use medical services, even when their lives depend upon getting the help they need. You are an inspiration for us all. I know at least 80% of your patients cannot afford to pay for your services. Even the many expats Bumi Sehat has helped pay by donation. How can people support your cause? Bumi Sehat needs help to keep operations open while beginning the work of building a new clinic in Ubud to accommodate the increasing medical needs in Bali. We know we can do it because of our loving partners we have here in Indonesia and worldwide. We have plenty of volunteers. Our current lease expires soon so we are pressured to complete the new clinic soon. We need additional resources to do this. Many people help us, in fact most of Bumi Sehat’s donors are giving small amounts, from their hearts, and every penny, every rupiah, is put to optimal use by our team. ■ *** You donated your CNN Hero Award to building this clinic. I know there are many people here who would love to support this important project. Thank you Ibu Robin!

Yayasan Bumi Sehat Banjar Nyuh Kuning, PO Box 116, Bali, Indonesia, 80571 Phone: +62 361 970 002 Contact: Robin Lim orEka Yuliani at

Karen Davis Chilean born American,Karen Davies is a journalist,artist and art therapist. Formerly a NYC fashion designer,she has been coming to Bali since 1979 and now resides here.


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The AncientPuzzle of

Borobudur by Grace Susetyo


he Borobudur Temple is considered by many to be a wonder of the ancient world. We all probably have heard raves of its majestic landscapes at the break of dawn, the timeless beauty of its reliefs, or the "spiritually enlightening" physical challenge of reaching its top. Standing 13 centuries old, the largest Buddhist monument in the world is bound to have mysteries. It is hard enough to fathom its 100-year construction in the 8th and 9th centuries, and such perfect structures produced with such simple technology. Nobody knows who ordered the construction of Borobudur, though tradition credits it to

the Syailendra Dynasty, which probably meant two to three kings including Samaratungga. And apart from the temple's obvious religious functions, researchers have long hypothesised surprising alternative functions. Professor Agus Aris Munandar, a University of Indonesia archaeologist who has been studying Javanese temples for 30 years, confirms that there are many unsolved mysteries of Borobudur. Some of them indicate how mindbogglingly intelligent ancient Indonesians were. "There is so much finesse in Borobudur that early Dutch archeologists refused to believe that Javanese people made it. It must have been the Indians who came to Java to spread Hinduism and Buddhism," said Prof Agus. "But Indian [polymath] Rabindranath Thakur visited Java in the early 20th century and said, “I see India everywhere in Java, but I do not know where,” meaning that as much as there are strong Indian influences in Javanese temples, they are also very different from Indian ones.

According to Prof Agus, one of the greatest mysteries of Borobudur is the hidden base, also known as the Mahakarmavibhanga. Hundreds of beautifully carved relief panels are completely covered a couple of metres underground, except for a section in the southeast, which the Japanese detonated in the 1940s out of curiosity. Previously, Dutch archaeologists had unearthed it for research and re-covered it. There are two theories for why the Mahakarmavibhanga is buried. "The first theory reckons that when the construction of Borobudur was completed, the foundation turned out unstable. So to prevent collapse, the builders had to fasten the foundation from all directions," said Prof Agus, adding that this is the theory he supports. The second theory speculates religious reasons. The Mahakarmavibhanga portrays despicable human acts such as torture, decapitation, robbery, and begging — thus deemed inappropriate for laymen's eyes. "But violence only makes up a

small percentage of these reliefs, so I don't think it makes sense to cover them for that reason," said Prof Agus. Borobudur can be divided into three levels from the bottom to the top: Kamadhatu (realm of desirefilled common people), Rupadhatu (life on earth in which the soul has been purged of all desires), and Arupadhatu (the soul's departure from the body and uniting with the gods in Nirvana). Which leads to another marvel: the holey stupas on the Arupadhatu level and the superstition that touching the Buddha through the holes would make wishes come true. "Buddhist scholars philosophise the shadows of the form. Only Buddha's shadows are visible, because Buddha exists in another realm, like a relic housed in a stupa," said Prof Agus. "Likewise, nobody sees the sheltered Buddha relics on Borobudur, except its curious shadows under the sunlight or a full moon."

Prof Agus is perhaps best known for researching the proxemics of Borobudur's relief panels. In communication science, proxemics is the personal space between individuals, which indicate the level of intimacy. In Borobudur, proxemics refers to the most comfortable distance and angles to perceive each panel in its entirety and fully understand their message. The closer the distance required to achieve this, the higher the spiritual level (i.e. "closer " to Buddha) of the audience for whom the panel is intended.


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"It took us 10 expeditions to fully decode Borobudur," said Prof Agus. "Buddhist scriptures happen to refer to the 10 stages of Bodhisattva. I don't think it's a coincidence that Borobudur is designed as such that it would take 10 times to find its 'path of Enlightenment.'" While we're on proxemics, note that the inter-stupa distances are unequal. However, on a topview blueprint of Borobudur, the stupas look orderly positioned. Prof Agus said that Borobudur is meant to resemble a mandala—an elaborate meditation circle within a square, with symbols of the gods strategically coordinated to create harmonious patterns. This phenomenon has been researched by Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)'s archaeoastronomy team. According to ITB astrophysicist Evan Irawan Akbar, the stupas' unequal spaces were supposed to mark the lengths of a gnomon's shadows during different times of the year. In other words, Borobudur was a giant sundial. Except that if this hypothesis were true, the gnomon that casts the sundial's shadow is missing, and its dimensions remain unknown. Prof Agus said that ancient Indian stupas often had chatras (umbrella-like structures) and yasthis (pillars on which the chatras are erected). A now

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missing yasthi could have functioned as a gnomon for this hypothetical Borobudur sundial, he said. In the 19th century, the Dutch set a gnomon on top of Borobudur, but removed it after being struck by lightning. The locals never liked it anyway, and its basis on an unproven hypothesis gave the Dutch no strong reason to keep it there. Nevertheless, Borobudur may have served as an ancient astronomical observatory. A 1930s study by Dutch ethnoarchaeologist J.L.A. Brandes found that the 8th century Javanese mastered astronomy, which dictated agricultural and maritime practices. ITB archaeoastronomers also found the importance of celestial orientation in the construction of Borobudur. Due to the earth's rotation and the bobbing on its axis, the stars visible from the skies of the

North Pole changes every couple centuries. "When Borobudur was constructed, Polaris was visible from Java. Gunadharma (the architect traditionally credited for building Borobudur) would ascend on Mount Menoreh and instruct his builders to align the construction to the 'true north' star that shifts neither east nor west," said Evan. Nevertheless, today's north on the magnetic compass would not match Borobudur's north back then because it was affected by the earth's rotation. Another astronomical curiosity of Borobudur is the ship reliefs on the East. They depict a sailed double outrigger canoe underneath

celestial objects, presumably commemmorating a voyage to Africa. Back then, ancient Indonesians crossed an unmapped ocean without a compass, depending solely on the stars for navigation. In 2003–2004, a wooden replica of the Borobudur ship sailed the Cinnamon Route from Jakarta to Accra (Ghana) to demonstrate the trans-Indian Ocean trading links ancient Indonesians fostered with ancient Africans. Now housed in the Samudra Raksa Museum in the north side of the Borobudur Archaeological Park, the ship is a testament of millenniaold Indonesian maritime and astronomical genius.

The puzzles of Borobudur are many still. Some are scientifically plausible, such as the temple's resemblance to a lotus floating in a now dried ancient lake basin. Others are mythical, such as the urban legend that Gunadharma slept on Mount Menoreh and became the sleeping giantshaped mountain now visible from Borobudur. Scholars don't have the answers. But perhaps it is those riddles that keep drawing people back to Borobudur with awe. They're called mysteries for a reason. ■

Grace Susetyo Grace is a freelance writer, former TV journalist, and aspiring documentarist with a passion for Indonesian history and culture. Grace recently travelled Java-Bali and blogs about it on http:/ Contact her: at g.c.susetyo@gmailcom


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he one thing that strikes me when you walk along the sidewalk of anywhere in Bali that sells clothes is the relative similarities of contents of every store. ‘Same same but different’ really takes on a new dimension here. Even the Seminyak boutiques are all basically doing renditions of 80’s and 90’s throwbacks and I am struggling to see any real originality with any ‘wow’ factor, with the exception of a couple of designers which I hope to review in later issues. It was refreshing to see that there is now Rumble Girl - a Bali Rock n’ Roll/Rockabilly/Punk Rock and Urban streetwear concept store. This store has seen a gap in the market for the more down-toearth female who would probably have a skateboard tucked under her arm rather than a Gucci clutch. You’ll find anything from hoodies to t-shirts, from brands such as Rumble, Dickies, Electrohell, Surfer Girl and many more. I was lucky enough to score a styley trucker cap with the Rumble Girl branding displaying a lipstick that has been snapped in half. Their other logo displays a pair of boxing gloves with XO (kiss and hug) on the gloves, which I would perhaps interpret to mean “Fight for Love”. Rumble Girl is for girls with a bit of attitude for sure. It is a store I have immense respect for as it has come from a place of vision with heart by the owners, husband and wife, Liz Oprandi and Leo Sinatra who opened the store three months ago. It serves as four ventures rolled into one; clothing and jewellery store, café and music venue. Leo, a well known musician with his band Suicidal Sinatra, designs and sells his jewellery in the store with his label St. Lukas, named after their one-year-old son. There are unisex pieces that

Liz Oprandi and Leo Sinatra, owners of Rumble Girl, with their son, Lukas.

"Rumble Girl is not just a commercial venture, but a place where young locals can safely hang out and perform music and raise money for charities at the same time." will definitely appeal to the tattoo piercing culture that is hugely popular with locals and expats alike. I particularly appreciated his range of silver rings, especially the lucky horse shoe design. Nice work Leo. This spot is located right next door to Hardy’s on Jl. Raya Batu Bulan and you can’t miss it with its impressive graffiti wall piece showing a 1940s pin up girl on an old school motorcycle. St Lukas café is the perfect place to stop and grab a coffee after your shopping stint or on your way to or from Ubud. With cappuccinos being a surprisingly cheap 10k each, you’ll really want to get your caffeine fix here.

The last detail, and probably one of the most important, is that Rumble Girl provides a platform to showcase local talent and be a hangout for young people in the area at night. As Liz states, “I hope that Rumble Girl can be a source of inspiration for young people, especially young local girls to start their own bands and express themselves through music.” Bands and solo artists perform on Thursdays through to Sundays in the evenings. In the short time of operation they have hosted charity events raising money and awareness for underprivileged children and orphanages with big Indonesian bands such as Bali’s own Devil's Dice supporting them. Growing up with a father who worked for a charitable organization, Liz was raised with a very strong awareness of social issues and continues to show a commitment to making a difference which is wonderful to see. Rumble Girl is not just a commercial venture, but a place where young locals can safely hang out and perform music and raise money for charities at the same time. ■ You can catch up on what bands are playing by visiting their Facebook and Twitter pages: RUMBLE GIRL Facebook: RumbleGirlBali pages/St-Lukas-Company/ Twitter: @Rumble_girl @StLukascompany Jl. Raya Batu Bulan, Denpasar (next door to Hardy's)

Lara Van Osenbruggen Lara van Osenbruggen aka Elka Miste is originally from New Zealand but is now based in Sanur Bali. In her spare time she surfs and is a DJ/Producer of Techhouse/ Dubstep. Her interests include interdimensional travel, conspiracy theories and cats.


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ome friends and I in the fire service used to work part-time as coffin bearers. I guess it was because we already had dark uniforms, we had been trained to march in step and we were not freaked out by corpses. Most of the time we carried the coffins of retired local council officials or other local dignitaries. We always tried to have fun with it like we did with everything else. Inevitably when we were doing this job the ongoing challenge was to make each other laugh at some point during the funeral. On one occasion we had removed the coffin of a former councilman from the back of the hearse and we were carrying it into a small country church when one of my colleagues tested the rest

of us to the limit. Tony “Shooter” Gunn was opposite me at the front end of the coffin and he thought it would be funny to give the coffin a shove in my direction as our heads were directly between the coffin and the narrow stone archway of the church door. His timing was perfect and my head impacted the stone with some severity and left my head ringing and my vision blurred as we made our way down the aisle. In fact I am sure if I had let go of the coffin I would have staggered off into the pews like a drunk. Luckily, because we were walking so slowly, my head cleared considerably before we had to put the coffin down on the trestle in front of the altar, but I still stumbled slightly as we all took three paces back from the coffin in a well-rehearsed and choreographed motion. I glanced up to see Tony and

the other two guys opposite, faces bright red and biting their bottom lips trying not to laugh as they stood with heads bowed and hands clasped in front of them. I could see out of the corner of my eye that the two guys to my right were doing the same thing. I cursed Tony under my breath. During the first hymn I noticed the vicar walking slowly towards me as he sang. He leaned towards me slightly when he got near and asked in a hoarse whisper behind his hymn book “Are you aware that you are bleeding my son?” I touched my face where it hurt and inspected my fingers. I was. I heard snorts from my friends as they fought to contain their laughter but luckily the mourners, singing forlornly, heard nothing above the sound of

the church organ. With a slight nod and a thumbs up I assured the vicar I was okay and he surreptitiously slipped me a tissue to clean up the blood. When the service finished we picked up the coffin and took it out to the graveyard for the burial. Luckily the damaged side of my face was against the coffin on the way out so the mourners still couldn’t see it. We left the graveside as soon as the coffin was in the ground and made good our escape to the nearest pub where we were able to laugh without restraint before anybody saw us. Nobody except the vicar ever noticed anything. On another occasion we were carrying a deceased former local mayor down the aisle of a church for his funeral service when one of our crew became quite the ventriloquist

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and started knocking softly but rapidly on the side of the coffin and saying in a frantic but muffled sounding voice as if from within the coffin “Help! Help! Let me out!” All six of us arrived at the altar with tears streaming down our faces as we fought to contain our laughter. As we wiped our tears away a flash went off and I looked round to see a local press photographer lower his camera and start scribbling furiously in his notepad. I imagined the headlines the next day: “Firemen Mock Mayor’s Funeral” or “Firemen Find Mayor’s Funeral Funny” or similar. We were sure we would lose our jobs. First thing the next day I bought a copy of the newspaper and thumbed frantically through it looking for the damning article. Then I found it. “Firemen Weep for Deceased ExMayor”. Phew. ■


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Villa Damee. Beautiful three bedroom villa located in a peaceful, quiet and serene setting 10 minutes from Ubud. This is the real Bali authentic experience as the villa is situated in the Pakerisan Valley and surrounded by ancient temples. Newly listed, the owners are willing to offer special rates for KITAS owners. Can be rented as 1 or 3 bedrooms so ideal for couples or families. Please contact Dave Metcalf at or visit the website for more info.

for yoga and artists retreat, Recently redeveloped to immaculate standard The option is yours… The perfect holiday home, investment portfolio, tropical paradise to develop your cottage style business plan, reinvent yourself or simply retire in the land of endless summer days and long striking sunsets. OCEANFRONT PROPERTIES LIKE THIS ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN BALI AND QUITE SERIOUSLY AN AFFORDABLE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. Australian owners reluctantly selling due to the birth of new baby daughter and change in ‘parenting’ priority. EXCEPTIONAL VALUE: Offers of $495,000.00 and above will be considered! Full details at: www. Tel: (02) 9529-2473 Tel: 0417-289-400 – John Tel: 0417-656-098 -Milu- E-mail: House for rent 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom. Ricefield view.47 jt/year. SMS/call 0878 6162 8282 UBUD LIGHTHOUSE! Sparkling new, modern, bright, spacious 2-floor, 3 ensuite bedrooms, open kitchen & living spaces, terraces, unfurnished property in central Ubud awaits a business, clinic or family seeking the perfect midtown location—combined with privacy, garden & carport. Five year lease. Available immediately. Contact 0821 4783 5711 or e-mail: Semi furnished unique villa for sale in UMALAS. 3,6 are, s'pool, 3 ensuite bedrooms, open living/kitchen, parking space, 13 years leasehold (20 years extendable), very reasonable priced, USD 165.000 negotiable. Contact Rare land for 40 year lease, Tanjung Sanur, approx 25 are in 5 are lots, private access road, clear certificates. Rp 6.5 million/are/year. E-mail: amolongo@ hotmail or call 081 585 117 108. Looking for tenant. One room available in my villa style house. Amenities, TV, AC, water heater, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, garden, washing machine, fridge, helper gas, electricity included. 7 mins from LIO Square Kerobokan, 12 mins from Petitenget. At Jalan Gunung Lumut Indah. SMS at 0819 1637 5748. 3,5 million IDR per month FOR SALE:Unique beautifully designed eco-lodge in CANGGU(built 2009). Located in a quiet green tropical area next to a small floating river.Excisiting of 4 seperate lodges, 1 lodge with large living space, tastefull decorated with vintage European quality furniture and luxurious architect-designed kitchen,3 lodges containing a huge bedroom and bathroom.Surrounded by a royal measured 20-Are tropical garden and a 17-meter lap pool.15 Minutes from Seminyak and 10 minutes to Canggu and Echo Beach. USD 295.000 nego,leasehold-16 years (extendable) Photos & info: 6 are land for sale in front of the last perfect semi secret wave in Bali. Jasri has been an untouched Gem for years and is only now becoming known to the surfing community. Perfect!!! Right hand point. This is the only block left in front of the point and has direct views of the ocean Mt. Agung.40 meters work to the water. Grand investment or living opportunity. Rp. in total.Negotiable. Please contact : Molly Contact number : 08123953715 Email: w_muliadi@yahoo. com Brand new modern 3 bedroom villa w/ pool in Umalas for yearly rent IDR 135 million/year(nego). Unfurnished,rice field view/surrounded, quiet area, secured, bale, private, 5 minutes to Seminyak. Contact

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FOR SALE Landrover Defender Pickup year 1982. White color. Fully original with documents. Very good condition suitable for offroad Winch and Freelock. Price 95 Juta call 081 657 1829, e-mail : Apple PowerBook G4, 1.5GHz, 75GB HD, 1GB RAM, 15-inch screen. Excellent condition, like new. Comes with extra battery, original install discs, and case. Price: 3-million Rp. SMS +62 857 3825 0920. For sale in KEROBOKAN, yellow Profil water tank. 520 liter. Asking IDR 350. 000. One year old. Moved to another house so not needed anymore. Bought for IDR 700. 000. Contact van.balder@ Cacao beans: Big Tree Farms organic raw peeled cacao beans in sealed 8oz boxes. Excellent diet food. I have 5x boxes for sale, each box is USD3. SMS 0821 4690 8182 or email: For sale exclusive Pioneer DJ set still in box: two table tops CDJ-350, one mixer DJM-350, USB input, great set, brand new, cables included, IDR 21 million nego, for more info email to van. balder@gmail. com Vespa 150 1975 for sale great condition daily use new parts and new paint Rp.17m 087822251050


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