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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Title: Island of Bali

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

By line: Miguel Covarrubias ; with an album of photos by Rose Covarrubias

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Balinese (OF07)

Subjects: 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: 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: 2

Document ID: of07-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1930-1933

Evaluation: Artisan (artist)-5

Analyst: Hesung C. Koh ; 1962; Teferi Abate Adem; 2008

Coverage Date: 1930-1938

Coverage Place: Bali, Indonesia

LCSH: Balinese (Indonesian people)/Bali Island (Indonesia)


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