Bali: SekalaNiskala

Bali SekalaNiskala The best book on Bali for the serious visitor Has the freshness of personal experience Dr Hildred Geertz author of Kinship in Bali and Professor of Anthropology at Princeton UniversityIn Bali what y

  • Title: Bali: SekalaNiskala
  • Author: Fred B. Eiseman Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780804840989
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • The best book on Bali for the serious visitor Has the freshness of personal experience Dr Hildred Geertz, author of Kinship in Bali and Professor of Anthropology at Princeton UniversityIn Bali, what you see sekala is a colorful world of ceremony, ritual, dance, and drama What you don t see what is occult niskala is the doctrine underlying the pageants, the code underl The best book on Bali for the serious visitor Has the freshness of personal experience Dr Hildred Geertz, author of Kinship in Bali and Professor of Anthropology at Princeton UniversityIn Bali, what you see sekala is a colorful world of ceremony, ritual, dance, and drama What you don t see what is occult niskala is the doctrine underlying the pageants, the code underlying the rites, and the magic underlying the dance In this book, author Fred Eiseman explores both tangibles and intangibles in the realm of Balinese religion, ritual, and performing arts.The essays collected here topics ranging from Hindu mythology to modern gamelan music Eiseman s approach is that of a dedicated reporter in love with his subject he has the knowledge and patience to explain the near infinite permutations of the Balinese calendar, and yet he is still moved by the majesty of the great Eka Dasa Rudra ceremony The author s 28 years experience on the island shows and this book rewards close reading even by the most seasoned students of Balinese culture.

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    1. An excellent read for those interested in the complex spirituality of the Balinese Hindus. The author provides a definitive portrayal with terrific detail of religious ceremonies and sacred rites of this extremely rich culture. I have been amazed at the depth of their animistic beliefs and their pursuit of the sacred in their daily lives. Wow.

    2. Bali, like the Discworld, is a place where the primary directions are ‘hubwards’ and ‘rimwards’ – in Balinese, kaja and kelod. The ‘hub’ in this case is the sacred Mt. Agung, in the centre-east of the island, which is seen as the dwelling-place of the Hindu gods.I was a bit sceptical of the claim in this book that the Balinese still orient themselves this way (it was published nearly thirty years ago), but when, in my best imperial-colonialist style, I grabbed locals and asked them [...]

    3. For whatever reason, I have a near obsession with finishing whatever books I start. Most of the time, this isn't a problem, but sometimes it almost kills me. This book was an instance of the latter.Fred Eiseman has an incredible depth of knowledge about Bali, I will give him that much. What he doesn't have is any self restraint, or at the very least a good editor. At times, this book was just down right painful to read. There was just so much exhaustive detail at times, you couldn't see the fore [...]

    4. For serious reader who wish to see Bali beyond its traveling destination. My favorite parts are about the rituals -the dance, trance and even black magic. Also about the religion, where hindu balinese is pretty much similar with budha also in Indonesia, Kejawen

    5. Read this book on the flight home from Bali! A wonderful way to end a fabulous voyage to a mystical island! Loved it!

    6. An old book (1990) which is complete described about balinese tradition and religion. Only in English. I'm still searching the 2nd Volume, coz I'd only the 1st Volume.

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