Canvas for self-expression: Some of the walls of a former beach warung still stand on the beachIn great biting gulps the sea is devouring beaches along Bali’s east coast.
In little over a decade more than 100 meters of beach has been lost to wave erosion at Lebih beach; houses, warungs, a meeting hall and temples have disappeared under the unstoppable seas.
Today the cement carcasses of warungs litter this holy beach, their cement roof bearers and uprights collapsing on the sands like the bones of some prehistoric dinosaur. At low tide the remains of concrete walls appear like blackened teeth in the mouth of the sea, which daily with the high tide eats away more of this coastline.
It is not only the physical environment that has been lost. For as long as anyone can remember, Lebih beach has been a place of holy pilgrimage with more than 10,000 people streaming to ...