The Hindu epic Ramayan finds expression in a Balinese dance called kecak. Instantly familiar are the story and characters but the rendition is other worldly. Hanuman with fangs, anyone? The slow and stately legong, always performed by two young girls, appears naively simple but the girls themselves are gorgeous in their traditional dress and flowers. A bright stage gets me in business without much fuss. And everywhere I go in Bali, the rich blue sea isn’t far away.

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