|Yes, this is how you do it… it all starts with water from the well!|
|Hen with new brood|
Now Yudhie appears at the doorway of the cottage. It’s his turn to use the facilities. Yes, sometimes we also have to use the toilet as well, and I haven’t explained about that. Well, there’s not much to tell.
Out here in the countryside, the little privy at the well is also used to relieve oneself, and the floor of it is a drain floor. You can’t take a dump there, of course. To have a bowel movement, you’ll have to go into the bush, find a secluded spot, try to have it cleanly, then return to the privy, unclothe your bottom and wash, always using only the left hand. And that explains why, in Asia and other ancient lands, you never offer your left hand, or anything in your left hand, to anyone. From Greece to New Guinea, and everywhere in between, it’s the same.
|Typical country road|
On the drive back to Lampung we saw many things, too many to photograph, even had we tried. As one interested in architecture, construction and design, my eyes feasted on the native crafts of home building. Scaffolding constructed entirely of bamboo poles of various lengths and thicknesses surrounded new homes being built, as we passed them on the road. I marveled at the artistry of windows and doors, to me the essentials that make or break the design of a house. Having stayed in and closely inspected Riyanto’s cottage, I got a good idea of how to build an Yndonesian house. Yndonesia is a land of brick, or at least originally it was; now what I call cinderblock is chiefly used.
|These pengamen, street musicians, are not the ones that we saw in Lampung,|
but they are performing their music the same way
Next… Natal di Indonesia
|Yudhie and Ayah in the Sumatera countryside, near Nakao, Lampung|