Devotion: Hindus in Bali

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Across Indonesia, there are hundreds of distinct ethnicities, languages and native cultures. For some of these, the old tribal religions remain. Most have been subsumed into the three major religions found here – Islam, Christianity and Hinduism, each of which …

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Into the Semi-wild: Touring for Wildlife

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Most visitors to the wild don’t want the really wild. The wild is often uncomfortable, hard to reach, dangerous and fickle. You have a few days to visit a wilderness, see the jungle, sail the seas? Most prefer a measure …

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Beauty and the Beastliness: In the Pit of Mt. Ijen

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Even in daylight, it looked like a Dantesque circle of the inferno. 200 to 300 meters below us, on the edge of a tranquil turquoise crater lake, steam spurted into the air drawing sulfurous vapor with it and painting the …

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Stairway to Heaven: Ascending Borobudur Temple

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It is almost impossible to see Candi Borobudur (Borobudur Temple) entirely from any vantage point. Though only seven levels high, each level is quite wide.  On each, a two-meter walkway passes between panel after panel of elaborately detailed stone reliefs …

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Calculated Risks: Three Recent Adventures

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George, George, George of the Jungle Lives a life that’s free. George, George, George of the Jungle, Watch out for that tree! Turns out that this silly lyric from a long ago animated TV show had a lot of wisdom …

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