An infographic about the mechanism of the Balinese Subak for Kompas Editors' Choice for iPad's weekly Jendela Indonesia (7/5/2011).

Despite widely known as an ancient water management (irrigation) system for paddy fields, Subak is actually a community of rice farmers that shares a defined area of terraced paddy fields. This community is free from the caste system that applies in Balinese Hindus' daily life, making it one of the earliest form of Democracy. For Balinese, irrigation is not simply providing water for the plants, but water flowed from one of four large lakes is used to construct a complex, pulsed artificial ecosystem. Paddy fields in Bali are built around water temples and the allocation of water is made by a priest.

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