Nasi

The Balinese have been cultivating rice for centuries. King Petru is said to have received the gift of some rice grains as a present from a god. The goddess Sri is said to have had to hide the grains away to protect them form the demon who wanted to steal the grains away. Many temples and rice paddies are dedicated to the goddess Sri. Rice is thus extremely important as it no only feeds the Balinese it is also very sacred.

A huge part of the Island has been cleared to to create rice terraces which are visually beautiful and also amazing in their sophisticated techniques of irrigation. The colours alter depending on the plantations and at which stage the crop is at. The rice will grow up to 60 cm in height and then it is ready for harvest. Ducks are used to fertilize the terraces and rice is part of most meals, ceremonies and offerings in Balinese Hindu Culture.

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