Spider Web Rice Fields in Cancar, Indonesia

The colorful rice paddies found throughout Asia are commonly laid out in rectangular plots, or sometimes as stepped terraces, adding to their natural beauty. On the island of Cancar, however, the rice fields form a delightfully unique shape, one that looks like a giant spider web.

This wonderful insect resemblance was not intentional, but rather the result of the traditional communal agriculture of the indigenous Manggarai people. Centuries ago, the cultivated land, known as lingko, was...

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