Tenganan is a village on Bali where the inhabitants are part the Bali Aga people.
The Bali Aga people are the original inhabitants of Bali.
For millennia they led a strictly insulated and withdrawn life in their villages. As they belong to the landowners, they have no need to do physical work. The surrounding rice fields are cultivated by Balinese.
The Bali Aga are mainly engaged in arts and crafts. This includes the production of the so-called Lontarbooks.
These are Hindu epics carved on the leaves of the Asian palmyra palm. The women weave Geringsing cloths with the double ikat weaving technique. These are intended to ward off disease. Since the production is extremely complicated and lengthy, the cloths are precious and highly sought after.
The social life in Tenganan is strictly regulated . Those who do not marry a partner from its own village must leave the village. So the Bali Agas could keep their wealth.
After visiting the village, we stop again at a fishing village on the coast at Labih.
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