From the perspective of Julia Wayan, 42, who comes from Serangan Island and owns a warung on Serangan Beach.

What are we here for?
I’m here to serve God and do my offerings twice every day.

Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the circa-13.7-billion-year-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?

I believe that it was God who created the world.

If there is a God, where is he?
He’s in heaven.

Is there a mystery to life?
Death is a mystery.

Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
Yes, we are.

There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us – doppelgangers – doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?

I do believe that is possible.

What do you think happens to people when they die?
When people are good in this life then they will go to heaven. If people are bad they will not go to heaven; they will sleep forever.

Where is your soul and what is it?
It’s my heart and it’s inside me.

Science says that all matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
When we die, our energy disappears.

Do you know your place in the universe?
Being good to people and helping them.

Some people believe that because we are made of the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularised recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
It happens, but slowly. It happens because God makes it possible.

Are we being observed?
Yes, by God.

If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
Bad thing happen because people are bad. I’m never sick because I’m good and always do my offerings.

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