Wayan Sayun, 80, is a temple servant who has never married or left her hometown of Anturan in northern Bali.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?

To accept my life the way it is.

What’s most important?
My parents were the most important thing.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

We were born in a very different world. Now things have changed too much. Younger generations never listen to the elderly. So I can just say: Live your lives.

Are you worried about dying?
Not at all.

When was the happiest time of your life?

Once a tourist came to Anturan and took a picture of me.

And the worst?
My life has always been bad.

What’s humanity all about?
I’ve never left Anturan, so I don’t know.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because of money.

Is a peaceful world possible?
It’s not because people are greedy.

How old do you feel?

Is one lifetime enough?
I believe in reincarnation.

How has Bali changed?

Infrastructure is better now and politics and security are better now than with (first president) Sukarno.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Yes, because now people can work in tourism and it’s better for the economy.

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?
No. I believe in my religion and my God.

What makes you so sure about it?

Because I always pray to God. I’ve sacrificed my life for God. Once I was very sick and after praying to God I recovered.


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