Wayan Mentek, 75, runs a foodstall in her native Pesinggahan in Klungkung – home to the famous Goa Lawah bat temple. She has two children and two grandchildren.
What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be safe and look after yourself.
What’s most important?
What advice would you give the younger generations?
Be a good person.
Are you worried about dying?
Yes, I am.
When was the happiest time of your life?
I’m always happy. But my happiest moments are every time I go to the temple with my family.
And the worst?
Last month, when my husband died in his sleep.
What’s humanity all about?
Respecting each other.
Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because people don’t use knowledge in the right way. Greed is also a big problem.
Is a peaceful world possible?
It’s not, but too many people want to fight each other.
How old do you feel?
Is one lifetime enough?
There’s another life after this one.
How has Bali changed?
Technology has changed everything. Before, we didn’t even have electricity. Now, there are cars everywhere.
Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, because it has brought money.
What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
People from the East are more religious. Westerners don’t do the offerings we do.
Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, I haven’t.
What makes you so sure about it?
I don’t know any other religion and Hinduism is what I believe in.
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