National Geographic : 1939 Mar
© National Geographic Society Finlay Ph LIKE GENTLE STAIRWAYS, BALI'S RICE TERRACES RISE FROM HOT VALLEYSTO LIFE-GIVING HILLS photograph byAmos Rain from the mountains pours down the slopes, and the semisacred water is deflected to the thirsty butfruitful fields. Rice culture isalmost a religion here. When the flooded land has been plowed by water buffalo (left center) lush young paddy istransplanted. Three crops ayear arecommon. Often bunches of tender shoots going up to the fields pass harvested bundles of heavy rice heads coming down tothevalley.