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For anyone who really wants to understand the spiritual and ceremonial side of the Balinese people that is so important to them this is a must read book. I started reading it before my Bali holiday that I have just returned from. My Balinese guide was impressed with my understanding as we visited temples and witnessed a village ceremony. You owe it to yourself and to the people of Bali to read this book before going there. Visitors miss out on the depth of Balinese life otherwise. Now I am back I am rereading it with even more pleasure.