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The People

Life in Bali is very communal with the organization of villages, farming and even the creative arts being decided by the community.

Although the local government is responsible for schools, clinics, hospitals and roads, all other aspects of life are placed in the hands of two traditional committees, committees, whose roots in Balinese culture stretch back centuries.

About BaliThe first, Subak, concerns the production of rice, and organizes the complex irrigation system. Everyone who owns a sawah, or padi field, must join their local Subak, which then ensures that every member gets his fair distribution of irrigation water.

Traditionally the head of the Subak has his sawah at the very bottom of the hill so that the water has to pass through every other sawah before reaching his own.

The other community organization is the Banjar, which arranges all village festivals, mariage ceremonies and cremations, as well as a form of community service known as Gotong Royong. Most villages have at least one Banjar, and all males have to join one when they marry.

Banjars, on average, have a membership of between 50 to 100 families, and each Banjar has its own meeting place called the Bale Banjar.
As well as being used for regular meetings, the Bale is where the local gamelan orchestras and drama groups practice.

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