Wayan Muka, 75, from Badung, sells flowers at Denpasar’s central market. She has 12 children and four grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Selling flowers has been a tradition in my family for many generations and I’ve learned that it’s important to sell my flowers.

What’s most important?
Family traditions.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
That depends on each person.

Are you worried about dying?
No. There’s a life after this one.

When was the happiest time of your life?
When I’m with my 12 children.

And the worst?
After the Bali bombings, the situation got hard and I didn’t sell anything. But generally I’m never sad.

What’s humanity all about?
Praying together and hoping to have health and a good life.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
I don’t understand why. I don’t know why either.

Is a peaceful world possible?
I don’t know.

How old do you feel?
In my 70s.

Is one lifetime enough?
It’s not. But there’s another life after this one.

How has Bali changed?
Tourists have increased and with each president life has changed too. But I’m always with my family so I don’t know much about what’s happening.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
I never have contact with tourists so I don’t know if tourism has been good or not.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
I don’t know people from the West.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
I’m Hindu and have never doubted my religion.

What makes you so sure about it?
I just know it’s what I believe in.

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