Bali, a traditional democracy, a unesco-listed social system

In Bali, suback is a balinese word which dates from the 9th-11th century. It is a village association that deals with water, water rights and irrigation. It is a social and religious institution and it is ecologically sustainable. This democratic association of farmers shared responsibility for shared irrigation waters; an important subject as the rice-terraces generate prosperity. Regulating a system that apprortions a fair share to everyone is a model of mutual cooperation. It is self-governing and has been practiced at traditional places of worship. However, only married men can vote.

Freedom of opinion, equality of voters, customary laws, human rights and regular election to vote officials are part of Balinese tradition. It can deal with topics about religion or about when to produce rice. The voting process includes asking for the opinions of the members and the law correspond to the majority of the vote.

Subak – UNESCO World Heritage: https://youtu.be/wYxCn4a_i7kDemocratic values in Balinese traditional society: Analysis of the making and the content of Desa Pakraman’s awig-awig – Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322247227_Democratic_values_in_Balinese_traditional_society_Analysis_of_the_making_and_the_content_of_Desa_Pakraman’s_awig-awig

Banjar Balinese Community – Bali around: https://www.baliaround.com/banjar-balinese-community

– Bali, Lombok & Nusa Tenggara – Lonely planet, 2019, p.276.