Christmas-y Queries

Sometimes, over Christmas for example, I wonder:Why are shop clerks in Bali required to wear Santa caps or those silly reindeer headbands – even if  they have grains of rice pasted on their foreheads, from morning prayers?

What do the Balinese really feel about this rampant Western, holiday-themed, commercialism?

If they’ve never seen an evergreen tree or snow before, what does all of this mean to them?

How much longer will this island retain its Hindu essence..?


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