Rice Fields in Bali
Bali Island is famous with arts and culture which are the main attraction for tourists who visits this island. The rice fields in Bali are organized in such a way that becomes a beautiful sight to be seen like Rice Terrace in TegalLalang (CEKING). One of the tourist destination in Bali, like: Ubud has rice field as a sight that could have high ‘selling point‘ for customers.
Rice fields in Bali is a sight that you would see during the tour in this beautiful island because paddy produces rice that is the main food for Bali people.
In addition to the water system / rice fields irrigation in Bali or better known as Subak has become one of the World Heritage by Unesco.
Rice Fields for Bali farmers is a sacred and holly place that maintained by the farmers to keep her purity. This is demonstrated by various forms of norms, beliefs and taboos which still live and implemented by Bali farmers to date. Farmers in Bali has a very strong harmonious relationship with their God, the Environment and the social community (Tri Hita Karana). This philosophy is very strong coloring everyday behavior of farmers, it’s seen from the implementation of religious ceremonies (individually or collectively in groups) that is still alive in the lives of farmers in Bali. Besides, farmers in Bali also recognize the various norms or beliefs that even has become an ‘awig awig‘ (Subak‘s Law) which binds customarily all members of Subak.
The Development of Tourism reducing the land for rice fields, has become personal dilemma for farmers. The constructions for accommodation, restaurants, etc to facilitate tourist activities which the number of visits to this beautiful island increasing from year to year.
In this Era of Globalization where the influence of foreign cultures, investor, resource competition and modernization easily erode bit by bit the unique traditional culture of Bali which is characteristic of the Balinese. Local Community (Desa Pekraman) with its elements expected to be able to fortify and guard Bali from the flood of globalization.