Dewa Ayu Putu Resi, 65, is from Silungan, Gianyar, and is a mother of nine who has worked as a mat weaver for most of her life

What is the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be simple and work hard making and selling enough to live. I sold mats and vegetables I grew myself.

What’s most important?
Family, of course.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Stay in school and learn how to work and make your own living.

Are you worried about dying?
Yes, of course; I’m scared.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When my children started to have children. I love to have my grandchildren around me.

And the worst?

I got pregnant with my third child very soon after my second and I tried to get rid of the baby. It was a difficult and sad time for me, but fortunately the baby wasn’t harmed and is still alive today.

What’s humanity all about?
Living together with family in one community.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I can’t answer that question, but I know when the Dutch colonized Bali, it was all about land and money.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I really want it to be possible, but I just don’t know if it is.

How old do you feel?
I feel as old as I am.

Is one lifetime enough?
I hope to be reincarnated into a better life after this one.

How has Bali changed?

I feel safer here now. When I was young, we were either hiding from the Dutch or the Japanese and then there was Sukarno and the wiping out of communism in 1965. So we were always scared before.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes. We have more money now.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?

I don’t really know. Perhaps we spend more time and effort with our religion than they do.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

No, never.

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