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For my beloved husband Rodney in appreciation for
your unending patience and enduring love.
How better to tell a tale from Bali than through
the beautiful colours and vision of the many talented artists
from an enchanted isle. The works can be purchased through the
numerous galleries in Bali.
Pamela Hardy, Brisbane, 2004.
It all began long years ago when Batara Indra, the
chief of the lower gods of Bali, was sitting on the top of a hill,
which had been given to him for his home.
He had been drinking deeply, and was looking down
from the heights upon the land below when suddenly he was no longer
at ease. As it wasn’t right that his sacred water should
be lost he raised his voice and called out to the beasts in the
woods around him:
“Whosever of you shall drink will give birth
to a girl!” The beasts heard his cry and hurried towards
the first to arrive being an old sow that was rooting
near by. She drank, and in time was rewarded by giving birth to
I Wy Lantir
Just as the god had promised.