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An indispensable feature of a village, the 'mandi', or bathing place, is located in a tidal lagoon, in a river at the bottom of a ravine, or in an artesian spring pouring from rock cliffs or hillsides around which villagers build walled enclosures.

Bamboo or pipe spouts carry the water onto the heads of the bathers. Nearby will probably be a small shrine built into a rocky face, dedicated to the guardian deity of spring water, Dewa Wisnu.

The 'mandi' is a soothing day's end activity for the water-loving Balinese. Women gossip while doing the laundry, tired farmers soak aching bones, children cavort and scream. Here the village meets and enjoys itself. It's polite to avert your gaze from bathing villagers, especially women.

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