Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Rice Terraces: Agriculture as an object of beauty

When nearly 2,000 years ago, the original Balinese inhabitants created the technique of terraced rice
agriculture for its fertile lands never imagined that his legacy will transcend the centuries and continue today as agribusiness system and how the cult of beauty of nature. The rice terraces in Bali, are a natural spectacle that deserves its place in our culture generally.

The rice terraces of Bali are perhaps the most iconic image of the island, a bright green postcard in fields ranging scaled on volcanic slopes. There are also numerous rice fields on the island, flatter and less showy, but also picturesque. Rice cultivation is very important to the Balinese as it represents the mainstay food on the island.

The rice fields of Bali have a history dating back 2000 years back in time. Even today, the Balinese make offerings to the rice goddess Dewi Sri when cooked, before harvesting of the fields or before planting rice offerings are also prepared for special occasions and holidays.

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