Thursday 26 May 2011
walking around bali, we saw these banana leaf trays of flowers and little samplings of food pretty much everywhere. they are offerings made by the balinese twice a day.
i was fascinated with the variety of colours, food and flowers and the tiny portions reminded me of finger food served at cocktail receptions. it seemed to me like each square tray was a summary or a sample selection of whatever was cooking in the kitchen or fresh in the garden that day and perhaps quite telling of the family or person who had prepared that offering.
once upon a youngerthattime, i went on a trip to bogor, indonesia, as a pseudo-scientist to learn more about mosses, lichens and liverworts. seeing these growing on a statue at the airport in bali during a recent holiday reminded me of that trip to bogor.