"It's a warning to thieves," said Gusti, a Balinese teak and vanilla farmer, scooping spiced picnic rice into his mouth with his hand. He is referring to silang: a six-pointed star hammered into the trunk of a coconut tree.
"Not to steal fruit and leaves from the tree."
I look around. Nothing but young woodland. "What if someone ignores the sign and steals from the tree anyway?"
"What if he's a really bad man and determined to take the fruit. What happens?"
"Then he gets processed. Through the police."
Back in January this year a young couple in East Java were sentenced up to seven years jail time for stealing a bunch of bananas worth less than one US dollar.