Hinduism in Bali

Hinduism in Bali

by Frances Hawker, Putu Resi
     
 

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Follow Yoni as she practices for a dance performance at the local temple. Learn more about the art of Hindu dancing as she rehearses, gives offerings to the gods, and finally arrives at the day of the performance.

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Follow Yoni as she practices for a dance performance at the local temple. Learn more about the art of Hindu dancing as she rehearses, gives offerings to the gods, and finally arrives at the day of the performance.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
The practice of religions in different settings is contextualized and brought alive by the culture of those settings. The narrative in this book is in the voice of one of the coauthors. Putu Resi is the keeper of a temple at Sindhu Beach in Sanur, Bali. The book follows her utterly charming young granddaughter, seven-year-old Yoni. We see Yoni helping her grandmother in the beach warung (cafe) that she runs. We see her going to school, playing with her friends, watching her grandfather make musical instruments for the gamelan. The practice of Hinduism in its unique Balinese form is revealed gently and naturally through Yoni's activities. She and her grandmother make offerings to the gods, light incense sticks, take rice cakes and fruit to the temple. And then we are introduced to the traditional dance of Bali. The dance is central to this book, as Yoni shows us some of its intricate steps and expressions, and gets ready for the culminating ceremony that constitutes the latter half of the book. There is drama here and tension, and when Yoni is blessed with taksa, the spirit of the dance, we can see it in the beautifully evocative accompanying photograph. A most imaginative approach to sharing religious traditions with young readers, this book is true to place, collaboratively grown, and as deftly executed as Yoni's dance steps. Back matter contains notes for parents and teachers, a glossary, and an index. A charmer of a book that raises the bar for such series titles from educational publishers. Part of the "Families and Their Faiths" series: other titles include Buddhism in Thailand, Christianity in Mexico, and Islam in Turkey.Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Each book introduces a child who practices the faith featured. Keeping the focus on one youngster in a specific country provides a solid introduction without overwhelming readers with complex regional variations in practices and beliefs. The series is gorgeously illustrated with high-quality color photographs. All of the volumes show the children engaged in a variety of activities at home, at school, with friends and family, and practicing their religion. Words and phrases that are unique to the faith appear in bold font and are defined at greater length in the glossary. A “Notes for parents and teachers” section briefly describes common practices and provides information on such topics as the origins of the religion and how many people worldwide are believers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778750253
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Families and their Faiths Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Frances Hawker and Bruce Campbell have traveled around the world and have published 10 children's books together.

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