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I have two new cards from one of the newest UNESCO sites, the Bali rice terraces and subak irrigation system, listed last year. And as a bonus, I also have the UNESCO-nominated Besakih Temple, also in Bali!

This first card, showing the Pura Ulun Danu water temple, comes from shinta:


The subak system of irrigation and rice growing is based on the Tri Hita Karana philosophy which “brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world, and nature.” The water temples are spiritual centers and also centers for control of the life- and rice-giving water in the irrigation canals. The subak system is “democratic and egalitarian,” allowing the Balinese to grow enough rice to feed their dense population.

This card of the Balinese rice terraces comes from Jennifer:

UNESCO bali rice

And finally, there is the extra card of the Besakih Temple, which has been nominated for UNESCO status but not yet listed:

UNESCO bali temple2

This Hindu temple is the largest and most famous temple in Bali. It is built on the slopes of Mount Agung, an active volcano. It was nearly destroyed by the eruption of the volcano in 1963, but the lava flow missed the temple by mere meters, which was viewed as miraculous.

I was delighted by the many colorful and interesting stamps that Shinta and Jennifer used on these cards:



INDONESIA food and bird

Thanks Shinta and Jennifer!