The Island of the Gods, Bali needs no introduction. Artists and tourists have been coming to this island since the 1920s, when air travel was in it's infancy and sea travel was considered an extravagance. They heard of the fabulous attractions of the island by word of mouth and they came, looking for beauty and peace of mind, enjoying it's virgin palm-fringed beaches and the sights of it's peaceful villages set in a tapestry of green paddies and towering mountains. Most of all, however, they marveled at the people's artistry and their philosophical make-up -aspects of life that are inseparably tied to the religious beliefs if the Balinese. One other element that has since the beginning contributed to the island's great popularity among visitors is the apparently inborn friendliness of it's people, and the ease with which they communicate with others.