The Balinese / Edition 1

The Balinese / Edition 1

by J. Stephen Lansing
     
 

ISBN-10: 0155002406

ISBN-13: 9780155002401

Pub. Date: 11/15/1994

Publisher: Cengage Learning


This study of the complex Balinese culture examines Balinese concepts of personhood and society; the integration of art into every aspect of Balinese life; the effects of the Guen Revolution on Balinese agriculture; the ecological role of their water temples in an age-old system of inigrate rice terraces; and the ethnohistory of Bali, including both colonial and…  See more details below

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This study of the complex Balinese culture examines Balinese concepts of personhood and society; the integration of art into every aspect of Balinese life; the effects of the Guen Revolution on Balinese agriculture; the ecological role of their water temples in an age-old system of inigrate rice terraces; and the ethnohistory of Bali, including both colonial and Balinese views. The book is organized around four different periods of fieldwork and includes an appendix of available films and videos on the Balinese.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780155002401
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
11/15/1994
Series:
Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
817,594
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
About the Series
About This Case Study
About the Author
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Ch. 1Four Questions, Four Journeys1
The Geography and Prehistory of Bali8
Ch. 2Beginning Fieldwork17
Beginning Research21
Defining a Research Topic23
The Balinese Map of the Inner and Outer Worlds23
The Tika: Cycles of Time28
The Inner Compass and the Human Life Cycle31
The Inner Compass and the Community42
Ch. 3Art and Everyday Life49
Alango53
Taksu and a Poet's Right55
Taksu and the Puppeteer People57
Art in the Villages61
Art, Ritual, and Temples66
A Calon Arang Performance at the Temple of Death69
Conclusion: Art and Balinese Culture72
Ch. 4The Goddess and the Green Revolution75
The Goddess of the Lake and Her Temple77
A Quarrel between Subaks82
The Cosmological Role of Water Temples84
Ecology of the Rice Terraces87
Ecological Crisis: The Green Revolution90
Studying the Ecological Role of Water Temples93
Water Temples As a Complex Adaptive System97
Conclusion: Are the Water Temples Obsolete?99
Ch. 5Bali and the West103
Lost Causes and Impossible Odds (the "Purwa Senghara")104
The King's Poem109
The Priest's Poem110
Opium Reconsidered111
Colonial Bali113
The Post-Colonial Era114
World Renewal117
Appendix: An artist's impression of the water temple system123
Appendix: Plan of the Temple of the Crater Lake124
Films about Bali131
Glossary of Balinese Terms135
Recommended Readings137
Index141

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