by Alina and Jule
Back to work: following days we prepared our presentations for the second part of „Intercultural Communication“ which had started with the first part in Thailand.
On the first day it started with a Balinese ritual by a Hindu Priest.
It already showed how Balinese people live with their religion and it was fascinating to learn from our EOC lecturer (who herself is a born Hindu from Nepal) about the impact of religion in daily life.
In the afternoon we had a trip to the famous temple “Tanah Lot“. The temple is on a rock in the sea and a lot of tourist visit the place to get blessings and drink water from the holy spring at the foot of the rock.
The following days the lesson continued and we also performed our presentations about different cultures in South-East Asia.
On the last day we had a cultural excursion and great impression of the landscape. At the first station we visited the Mother Temple “Pura Besakih“ on the slopes of Mt. Agung, the highest volcano on the island with more 3000 m.
We saw many activities, ceremonies and Hindus praying. Besakih is the main temple in Bali with more than 800 smaller temples in that place and so is the most important temple for the Hindus there. People show respect by wearing sarongs when they enter the place.
After a delicious buffet lunch with typical Balinese food just next to the Batur volcano and a perfect view over the Lake Batur we moved on, passing green rice terraces and then arrived at the Monkey Forest in Ubud with really cheeky monkeys which were waiting for bananas.
Finally in the evening after dark we saw a traditional Legong Dance. All traditional dances are related to Hindu epics and it was interesting and spooky at the same time with the dancer’s facial and eye expression, body and hand movements, costumes, Gamelan music and masks.
Time to say
After nearly 15 years of challenging, interesting, exciting, motivating experience the time has come to close a successful experiment of high quality semester study programs and going for new ideas and concepts of global learning.
Therefore the dual-country semester program will end now, but not without expressing our great thanks and gratitude to all our students, lecturers from all continents, partner universities and organizations!
This experience would not have been possible without your participation and commitment!
In this sense we wish you all the best for your future wherever you are and whatever you plan to do!
Prof. Dr. U. Rehling in the name of all EOC team members.
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