The Balinese / Edition 1

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155002401
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/15/1994
  • Series: Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 722,005
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series
About This Case Study
About the Author
List of Figures
Ch. 1 Four Questions, Four Journeys 1
The Geography and Prehistory of Bali 8
Ch. 2 Beginning Fieldwork 17
Beginning Research 21
Defining a Research Topic 23
The Balinese Map of the Inner and Outer Worlds 23
The Tika: Cycles of Time 28
The Inner Compass and the Human Life Cycle 31
The Inner Compass and the Community 42
Ch. 3 Art and Everyday Life 49
Alango 53
Taksu and a Poet's Right 55
Taksu and the Puppeteer People 57
Art in the Villages 61
Art, Ritual, and Temples 66
A Calon Arang Performance at the Temple of Death 69
Conclusion: Art and Balinese Culture 72
Ch. 4 The Goddess and the Green Revolution 75
The Goddess of the Lake and Her Temple 77
A Quarrel between Subaks 82
The Cosmological Role of Water Temples 84
Ecology of the Rice Terraces 87
Ecological Crisis: The Green Revolution 90
Studying the Ecological Role of Water Temples 93
Water Temples As a Complex Adaptive System 97
Conclusion: Are the Water Temples Obsolete? 99
Ch. 5 Bali and the West 103
Lost Causes and Impossible Odds (the "Purwa Senghara") 104
The King's Poem 109
The Priest's Poem 110
Opium Reconsidered 111
Colonial Bali 113
The Post-Colonial Era 114
World Renewal 117
Appendix: An artist's impression of the water temple system 123
Appendix: Plan of the Temple of the Crater Lake 124
Films about Bali 131
Glossary of Balinese Terms 135
Recommended Readings 137
Index 141
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