Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pastika: Ancient Balinese Belief in Tri Hita Karana Holds Key to Preserving Subak System

Metrobali.com reports that Bali is increasingly finding itself on the horn of a dilemma in terms of the worldwide fame enjoyed by the World Heritage Site Status of the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces of West Bali. On the one hand, the Balinese are filled with pride with the much-admired reputation of Bali's subak water irrigation and agricultural system, while, on the other hand, they face a continuing struggle to preserve Bali's culture in the face of the rapid onslaught of modern development.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika remains convinced that an unwavering commitment by the Balinese people to the Bali-Hindu principle of Tri Hita Karana that maintains balance must be maintained between man and fellow man; man and God; and Man and Nature will protect the Subak system from any current and future threats.

The was the message delivered by the Governor in his address read by deputy-governor Ketut Sukdikerta at a workshop with the title "The Cultural Landscape of the Province of Bali: The Subak as a Manifestation of Tri Hita Karana" held at the Sanur Paradise Hotel on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The Governor called on all those in a policy-making capacities in Bali and Jakarta to embrace the essence of Tri Hita Karana in order to guarantee the sustainability of Bali tourism and Balinese culture. Pastika insists that the preservation and continued existence of the subak rice terraces was inextricably intertwined with the Tri Hita Karana philosophy.

Meanwhile, the director-general of culture from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Kacung Marijan, told the forum that the subak system in Bali must be integrated into a number of sectors and related ministries of the Government, and not left to his Ministry alone. He urged the Tourism Ministry to involve the Provincial and Regency administrations in the preservation of the Subak and also involve the general public in order to sustain Bali's unique agricultural system for future generations.

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