Photographer's Note

This was taken in a small village near Ubud in Bali

Children in Bali before their first tooth loosing are considered as a representative of god. They are not responsible for their action because as Balinese believes, their mind is still undeveloped. It is the god within them that acts through their body. The parents do not intimidate their child, but rather coax him into obedience as an equal.

In Bali, especially in the rural area, child seldom has a chance to be pampered. No child has more than minimum of adult attention. No sooner is the infant weaned, than it goes into the care of another child. The growing infant find himself immediately part of child society, to which he must adjust himself. The child grows among other children as a children’s republic, with an independent life of its own. Only by independence and lack of pampering can one explain the well-mannered seriousness and the self-sufficiency of Balinese children.
Balinese children have a responsibility to help the family in everyday work or in the preparation of ceremony. A boy usually helps his father in the work at the rice field or at home. Providing grass for cows, bathing the water buffalo, hoeing at the rice field are some sort works that is given to a boy. A girl usually helps her mother in the kitchen or cleans the house and the yard. Through this assisting, the children learn how to work when they are grown up.

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