Ida Ayu Anom Mahyuni, 63, is an elementary and junior high school teacher who comes from Karangasem. She has four children and nine grandchildren.

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To try to help each other and to look after our environment.

What’s most important?
My children and the rest of my family.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Learn step by step.

Are you worried about dying?
No, because our destiny is already written. It’s up to God when we die.

When was the happiest time of your life?

The happiest times are when all my family gets together.

And the worst moment?
When I left my family after I got married to go and live with my husband in Tabanan.

What’s humanity all about?
Trying to be a good person.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?
Because many people don’t believe in God.

Is a peaceful world possible?
In Mt. Agung there are seven angels that look after us; they protect us. I believe a peaceful world will be possible when everyone believes in God.

How old do you feel?
Fifty. No one believes my real age because I’m always smiling and it makes me look younger.

Is one lifetime enough?
There’s another life after this one.

How has Bali changed?
Now we have infrastructures and many tourists. What people wear is also very different to what it used to be.

Has tourism been good for Bali?
Tourism is good when tourists come to Bali and are good. Not if they cause trouble.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Apart from the difference in our skin colour, we are very similar, but at the same time our soul is very different. I don’t know why.

Have you ever doubted your religion?
No, I haven’t.

What makes you so sure about it?
There are many religions but everyone is the same. Many people like me are Hindu because it’s what we feel in our hearts.

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