Covarrubias, Miguel, 1904-1957. Island of Bali

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Island Of Bali


Part I

Note On Pronunciation

Chapter I The Island

Chapter Ii The People

The Ancient Survival: The Bali Aga

Notes On The History Of Bali

The Dutch

The Lombok War

Conquest Of South Bali

Note On Maya Danawa

Chapter Iii The Community

The Village

The Market

The Social Order



The Castes

The Organization Of The Village

The Bandjar

Law And Justice

The Courts

Chapter Iv Rice, Work, & Wealth

The Subak

Rice Culture

Distribution Of Labour

The Economic Order

Chapter V Everyday Life In Bali

The House

Balinese Cooking

Costume And Adornment

Chapter Vi The Family


The Life Of Children


The Love Life Of The Balinese


Chapter Vii Art And The Artist

The Place Of The Artist In Balinese Life

The Story Of The Development Of Balinese Art

Old Hindu Balinese Art

The Period Of Madjapahit

The Plastic Arts In Modern Bali

Chapter Viii The Drama


The Village Orchestras

Supplementary Notes On Balinese Music And Instruments

The Dance

A Focus Of Balinese Life

The Legong

The Baris

The Kebiyar

The Shadow-play

Mysticism And Slapstick

The Classic Drama

Kings And Warriors

The Topéng

The Balinese Opera: The Ardja

The Djanger

Chapter Ix Rites And Festivals

Society And Religion

Temples And Temple Feasts

Gods And Demons: Offerings And Exorcisms

The Calendar


The High Priests And The Brahmanic Ritual

Additional Notes

Chapter X Witchcraft

Witches, Witch-doctors, And The Magic Theatre

The Rangda And The Barong

The Tjalon Arang Play

The Barong

The Sanghyang

Black And White Magic

The Pengiwa. How To Become A Leyak

Penengen, The Magic Of The Right

The Witch-doctors, Magic, And Medicine

Additional Notes

Chapter Xi Death And Cremation

The Body

The Soul

The Cremation

The Sacrifice Of Widows

The Aftermath

Notes On Death And Cremation

Chapter Xii Modern Bali And The Future

The Missionaries

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Island of Bali

Published By: Original publisher New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1938. xxv, 417, x p., plates ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Miguel Covarrubias ; with an album of photos by Rose Covarrubias

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Balinese (OF07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Visual arts (5311); Verbal arts (5310); Mythology (773); Cosmology (772); General character of religion (771); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Settlement patterns (361); Dwellings (342); Cereal agriculture (243); Religious and educational structures (346); Outbuildings (343); Special garments (292); Normal garb (291); Paraphernalia (293); Personal grooming (302); Ornament (301); Music (533); Musical instruments (534); Dance (535); Drama (536); Burial practices and funerals (764); Cult of the dead (769);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This excellent ethnographic document on Bali by a famous artist was based on his personal experiences among the Balinese people in 1930 and 1933. The author devotes almost two-thirds of his book to Balinese art, drama, and religious practices which are inextricably bound to their daily life. This monograph also includes discussions of the environment, family, and the community as well as economic activities. It is well illustrated with the author's own sketches and color plates. In spite of the author's sympathetic attitude toward the culture, this interesting and informative study has remarkable objectivity. Covarrubias' writing skill enables the reader to gain insights to the complex culture of Bali.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. of07-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 413-417)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1930-1933

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Artisan (artist)-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Hesung C. Koh ; 1962; Teferi Abate Adem; 2008

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1930-1938

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Bali, Indonesia

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Balinese (Indonesian people)/Bali Island (Indonesia)


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