‘Hulu’

‘Hulu’

The word ‘Hulu’ (Upstream) in Balinese Language can mean differently in accordance with context. One of them is ‘situated upstream.’ Another meaning is ‘relating to the early stages in the operations of a business or industry.’  So, what is the meaning of ‘upstream’ in context of the tourism in Bali? In my discussion with some

The word ‘Hulu’ (Upstream) in Balinese Language can mean differently in accordance with context. One of them is ‘situated upstream.’ Another meaning is ‘relating to the early stages in the operations of a business or industry.’  So, what is the meaning of ‘upstream’ in context of the tourism in Bali?

In my discussion with some experts of various fields a few days ago was mentioned that in the middle of the splendid development of Bali tourism industry today, many parties feel the negative impact. Seeing this, all parties should begin to turn toward the ‘upstream.’ Why should turn to the ‘upstream’ because the ‘upstream’ is the headwaters, the source of water and so on.

The ‘upstream’ of Bali tourism is culture. Never forget this. In other words, the tourism developed in Bali is a cultural tourism inspired by Hinduism. Do not ever try to forget this. Culture is ‘the upstream,’ the center of thinking how the Balinese are behaving in their overall life. It includes tourism as well.

The emphasis of the word ‘upstream’ is indeed very important considering the impact of tourism is very large and the impact is tremendous. It can transform everything if the thoughts and reason in the ‘upstream’ are not properly controlled and directed. What will be the case if the culture is no longer becoming the ‘upstream’ of Bali tourism? The indications are visible and getting clearer. There is a shift in perspective, attitude, character and others from the Balinese people in considering everything around it.

Moreover, a friend in the discussion mentioned that Balinese people are in a ‘comfort zone’ because they are too permissive towards the changes considered to be profitable. On the one hand, it may just happen for a moment and someday it will become boomerang.

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Characteristics of Balinese people lie in their mind. It can be found in their ‘upstream.’ From here, various attitudes and actions emerge. It is just like an ‘upstream’ of the spring or river. Probably, the water flow in the mountains will be clear, but when approaching people’s settlement area the water quality will decrease. It is no longer clear but has become turbid and may become dangerous when consumed.

Culture is the ‘upstream’ of Balinese life. The culture inspired by Hinduism should be properly preserved and maintained. (Gde palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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