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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:23 pm
 


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:29 am
 


Looks like Spam to me. :evil:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:34 am
 


The thing I always wondered about Bali - other than why I would go there to lose that last troublesom 5 pounds, of course - is as follows. Indonesia is Islamic. Where did all the Mohammedans go?

So I Googled.

Bali in flux as Muslims flock in

The relentless growth in visitor numbers from Australia was hammered down for a while by the bombings of 2002 and 2005, and the Australian government's ''travel advisories'' (read: ''warnings'').

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But the advisories have been watered down and memories of the bombings have faded among the young. Kuta's memorial to those who died has itself become a must-see tourist attraction, an increasingly popular pilgrimage destination for young Australians, such as the Anzac service at Gallipoli.

A good part of Bali's pulling power comes from the colourful arts and ceremonies of its Hindu culture. Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love (probably better described as a chick-lit fantasy novel) and its movie spinoff starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem portray Bali as a mystically tinged Hindu idyll where you can do yoga, find true love and be emotionally healed by an aged Hindu ''medicine man''. An article in last month's issue of International Traveller describes Bali as ''a vibrant sanctuary of Hinduism nestled among thousands of Islamic islands making up the Republic of Indonesia''.

Indeed, the Muslim Indonesia beyond the shores of Bali is largely unknown to all but a small minority of the 900,000-plus Australians who visited Indonesia last year. Most stuck to Bali and its partly Hindu neighbour Lombok. Compared with the laid-back colour and glamour of Hindu Bali, Indonesia's Islamic cultures simply don't have the X-factor that pulls in tourists. And it cannot be denied that anti-Islamic paranoia sits like a pair of sunnies over the eyes of many Australians, keeping Muslim Indonesia in shadow.

For those paranoid about Islam and jittery about the threat of terrorism, the image of Bali as an Islam-free sanctuary is reassuring. But Bali's demographic profile is quickly changing. Back in 2000, Indonesia's national census revealed that a little more than 10 per cent of the islands's permanent population were Muslims.

Ten years later, the 2010 census showed Muslims constituted about 15 per cent of the permanent population. In some parts of Bali, the percentage is much higher.

In the district of Jembrana at the western end of Bali, adjacent to Java, Muslims now make up more than 35 per cent of the population.

In greater Denpasar - the area that encompasses Denpasar city and the neck of land to the south where most tourists spend their holidays - more than 25 per cent of the permanent population are Muslims. And these numbers seem to be growing rapidly.

Indonesian tourists - overwhelmingly Muslims - now far exceed foreign tourists. The country's main Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr is Bali's busiest time, with Muslim visitors from Java and elsewhere jamming the island's accommodation from the cheapest lodgings to the glitzy five-star resorts.

Special halal tours for Muslims are now big business. They allow Muslim visitors to avoid prohibited foods (especially Bali's beloved pork dishes), visit mosques, and stay in accommodation that does not encourage consumption of alcohol and drunkenness.

As Australian tourists loll semi-naked on the beaches of Kuta and Sanur, they probably do not know that there are at least 10 Muslim holy graves in Bali that are rapidly growing as destinations for Muslim pilgrims. One of them, the picturesque tomb of Siti Khodijah, a Balinese princess who converted to Islam in the 18th century, is in the centre of Denpasar.

The rapidly rising presence of Muslims is generating tensions with indigenous Hindus.

The Bali bombings hit the island's economy hard and triggered resentment of Muslims among many in the Hindu population. This has become especially evident wherever Hindus are pitted against Muslims in rivalry for jobs.

Indonesia's anti-pornography law (promulgated in 2008) was resisted and its implementation watered down in Bali, where it was widely seen as an Islam-inspired attempt to sideline Hindu ethics and Bali's traditional social practices, as well as an attempt to cast a puritanical burqa over the laid-back tourist industry.

But as Australian tourists quickly discover, Balinese are amazingly tolerant. So far, anti-Islamic feeling on the island has been muted and well managed by the provincial government. The economy depends almost wholly on tourism, and tourist numbers are highly sensitive to social unrest. Muslims are the biggest single category of visitors to the holiday island and a lot of management expertise and investment in tourist infrastructure is in the hands of Muslims.

To upset Muslim tourists and alienate Muslim managers and investors could be disastrous for the economy. And anyway, inter-island migration is a two-edged sword. Many hundreds of thousands of Balinese Hindus live permanently among Muslims in other parts of Indonesia. Trying to limit Muslim migration to Bali might have repercussions for these ''expatriate'' Balinese.

In short, Balinese Hindus don't have much choice but to grin and bear it, and greet their Muslim compatriates with the (sometimes sour) smiles of a good host.


So I think I'll pass on Weighlos01's kind invitation until he can promise me the coming Jihadi wave won't be on my flight.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:01 am
 


You wanna be stashing these...

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if you're on the plane to Bali right now.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:33 pm
 


raydan raydan:
Looks like Spam to me. :evil:


I agree but it's gone now so no damage done..... [B-o]


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:44 pm
 


Early Christmas present... thanks. [B-o]


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:45 pm
 


raydan raydan:
Early Christmas present... thanks. [B-o]


Ho Ho Ho..... :D


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