Archive for Category: "Indonesia"
I’ve been in Bali for a month now and though the world I left behind is far away, the emotions that led me here are not. For the last few years, I’ve been living in Beverly Hills and, mostly single-handedly, running my jewelry business, House of Shakti.
When I first arrived in Indonesia, I’m not sure exactly what I expected. Culture shock: certainly. Homesickness: perhaps. It would be a new experience, to be sure, but in my mind Indonesia was a blank page; I had very little to go on except a vague conception that life and culture would be different than in the United States
“Yes!” was the immediate answer that I gave with a smile and a nod, when I learned that I would be spending my first overnight night stay in a remote village near Sintang, West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). I would be volunteering with women weavers in the area, helping to promote their handicrafts, for the next year
Bali may at first seem a generic vacation island with only miles of beaches to offer, but it actually bursts with a unique culture stemming from its Hindu roots and indigenous beliefs carried over from South and Southeast Asia. The eclectic religious beliefs in Bali color its fascinating culture. Religion is an integral part of Balinese life, so much so that Bali is known as the “Island of the Gods.”