Pupuan Paddy Field

Pupuan paddy field panorama, September 2011

A typical paddy field in Pupuan, Blimbing. In Bali, paddy field use a unique irigation system for terasering called Subak: > Subak is the name of water management (irrigation) system for paddy fields > on Bali island. For Balinese, irrigation is not simply providing water for > the plant’s roots, but water is used to construct a complex, pulsed > artificial ecosystem. Paddy fields in Bali were built around water > temples and the allocation of water is made by a priest.

Subak is more than just a way to get water to the rice in the field. It is a ritualized system and has been preserved from the late eight century.