Harvest Moon in Bali
I went photo-walking at the right time; it was harvest moon in Bali and I captured these golden rice fields. In Bali, the harvest moon comes around each 3 months or so; in older days, the harvest moon came each 6 months. The reason for that is because the Balinese now use prime crops (possibly the result of genetic engineering) to yield results twice as fast as its predecessor. These photos were taken around the Sembung – Baturiti area, two places which are located on the main road connecting Denpasar and Candidasa. But, you won’t find these on that particular main road; you’d have to venture off the road into the pristine village area, and keep in mind: the roads in those areas are harsh because they’re cracked here and there, leading to a very bumpy ride. I suggest you take a bike, or better yet, just hike. The specific loactions are: Cao Belayu village and the village of Leba, the former is still within Sembung area, the latter in Baturiti.
Harvesting rice is all about teamwork and hard labor. In the good old days, Balinese organized the harvesters into small groups called sekaa. Each sekaa had its own job, be it cutting the rice stalks, preparing essential equipment, and so on. In this photo, you can see one of the most important sekaa there is: the sekaa manyi. This group splits rice grains from its stalks. How do they do it? Easy. Grab as much stalks as you can and pound it to a hard wooden board until the grains scatter. They cover the area so the grains won’t scatter too far, otherwise they’ll risk losing rice. Nowadays, they just use a machine to ease their work. Efficient, but you’ll leave some people jobless.
Now, how do they get rice to the market? These guys transport the harvest to the nearest granary, where the rice will be shipped off to the market to be sold to hungry people. Motorbikes are essential for cruising through these tight areas. They are also frequently used because they come cheap and don’t require much maintenance. The downside is, motorbikes aren’t that safe and you can only carry a bit with you at a time. More sufficient farmers use pickup trucks or huge trucks that can carry more produce in one go and are way faster. But, trucks can’t traverse rough roads and they are certainly not cheap.
Despite the advances in transportation technology, you can still see a fragment of old traditions, untouched by the flow of time. This is an image of Bali’s past, when everything was simple and required hard labor.
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