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Traditional Basketry in Bali
by Eiseman, Fred B.
Book order code : E 22 070
Available here, for the first time, is a detailed description of Ulat-ulatan,
traditional Balinese basketry, covering all of the traditional types
of Balinese baskets and related woven materials, the materials from
which they are made, and photographs and diagrams of how they are made.
Utilitarian Balinese basketry as a craft has long lived in the shadow
of the more heavily hyped, flamboyant painting, silverwork, and wood
carving. Yet basketry is much more a product of traditional Balinese
culture than these other forms that have been specifically created for
the tourist trade and are seldom used by Balinese people themselves.
Long before souvenir seekers arrived in Bali, basketry was being made
in almost exactly the same fashion as one sees it today. No Balinese
household can function without half a dozen or more varieties of these
products, all made by hand from native materials to meet the needs of
daily chores. They are rugged, light in weight, cheap, functional, and
available in every village market. They represent a craft made by Balinese
people for Balinese consumption. Visitors to Bali will find that these
crafts may be just as useful or even decorative in their own homes.
(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-89-3
285 pp., illus. 8 pp. color illus., 210 x 290 mm,pbk.
HINDU RULERS, MUSLIM SUBJECTS
and Bali in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
by Hagerdal, Hans
Book order code : E 22 232
This research volume discusses a fascinating historical episode, the
establishing of Balinese Hindu rule over the predominantly Muslim population
of Lombok, concentrating on the years 1700-1748. Materials covering
this period are re-examined and further interesting information provided
as to what happened at the time, seen in a regional context, including
ethnic and religious relationships, besides the cultural basis for legitimacy
of leadership. The broader aspect of how a Hindu minority was able to
rule a Muslim majority is of special interest, also in respect of its
outcome. Deteriorating ethnic relationships in one part of the island
led to a rebellion in 1891, thus paving the way for Dutch colonial conquest
in 1894: the disruption caused by the arrival of the Dutch East Indian
Company in the area in the late 1600s having played a role in setting
the stage for the events here described. Another example of Hindu rulers
governing a mainly Muslim population can be found in Kashmir.
(Bangkok 2001) ISBN 974-7534-11-8
233 pp., 4 pp. maps, 10 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND MIGRANTS OF NORTHERN PAPUA, INDONESIA
by Howard, Michael C. & Naffi Sanggenafa
Book order code : E 22438
Indigenous Peoples and Migrants of Northern Papua, Indonesia provides a contemporary look at social, cultural, and economic aspects of the lives of these peoples, While political problems associated with Indonesia’s western province of Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) have received a great deal of international media attention, studies of the people of the province are rarely available in English. This is especially true in regard to the people of the offshore islands, coast, and hinterland of the northern part of the province from the Bird's Head Peninsula to the border with Papua New Guinea. The region is inhabited by indigenous peoples speaking over 85 languages and by migrants from the islands of Sulawesi, Java, Flores, Lombok, and elsewhere in Indonesia. Many of the chapters in the book focus on economic changes and their impact on people's lives. Chapters examine the effects of transmigration, tourist projects, oil palm plantations, forestry ,Projects, and road construction on local communities. Several chapters examine different types of traditional material culture, such as carving and textiles, and their place in these communities at present. 'The Studies are accompanied by maps, black and white photographs, and plates containing 124 color photographs.
(Bangkok, 2005) ISBN 974-4800-65-8
263 pp., illus. in col. 1 map, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
Sculpture and Dance in Ancient Java
by Iyer, Alessandra
Book order code : E 21
A study of the dance reliefs of the ninth century AD temple of Siwa
at the Prambanan complex in central Java. Previous attempts at identification
of these ancient reliefs were hampered by inadequate movement analysis
of the dance portrayed but in this book, for the first time, a complete
identification is presented, through a re-interpretation of the archaeological
data. Using both movement analysis and comparison with an authoritative
reconstruction model, the author rigorously examines each of the 62
reliefs and identifies them as representations of the karana (dance
movement units) of the Sanskrit text from India on dance and drama,
the Natyasastra. These reliefs almost certainly depict lord Siwa. They
point to the presence throughout Asia of the karana dance tradition
wherever Saivism flourished and as they predate any equivalent series
found in India, they suggest that the idea of karana sculptural series
originated outside India and only subsequently reached the sub-continent.
(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8434-12-5
223 pp., 225 illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
People and Art
by Krause, Gregor & Karl With
Book order code : E 22
The first English translation of Bali, the popular second edition of
a German classic introduction to the island published in 1922. The book
was a bestseller because of Gregor Krause's unique photographs which
he made when he was a medical doctor in the employ of the Dutch on Bali
from 1912 until 1914. The introductory text covers almost all aspects
of life and art on Bali as well as its nature and its trade with neighboring
islands. It still is a remarkable introduction to an island that flourished
culturally before the onslaught of the tourist industry. The attentive
visitor will still recognize vistas of this rich past in the scenes
and especially in the people he meets with today.
(Bangkok 2000; First English Translation of 1922) ISBN 974-7534-27-4
336 pp., 273 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.
Volk und Kunst
by Krause, Gregor & Karl With
Book order code : E 22 161
The German version of the above title.
(Bangkok 2000, German text)
336 pp. 273 pp. illus., 210 x 290 mm, pbk.
PSYCHIATRIST IN PARADISE
: Treating Mental Illness in Bali
by Thong, Denny
Book order code : E 21
The book tells the story of a most remarkable attempt by an Indonesian
doctor trained in Western medicine, and in charge of a western-style
hospital in Bali in Indonesia, to use traditional healing practices
in the treatment of mental illness. Bali, idealized by many as the archetypal
island paradise, has its fair share of mental illness and, within its
traditional culture, has developed ways of dealing with such illness
that are significantly different from those traditionally espoused by
Western medicine, but which are now beginning to gain support in the
West. For nearly two decades Dr. Denny Thong strove to integrate modern
(Western) health care systems with Balinese customs, decentralizing
treatment to the villages, reorganizing the hospital to become a focal
point of the community and, most controversially, utilizing the services
of traditional healers. Dr. Thong closely studied the ways in which
the traditional healers worked, and his survey of the healers and his
descriptions and analyses of their procedures add immeasurably to our
knowledge of the subject.
(Bangkok 1993) ISBN 974-8495-77-9
216 pp., 150 x 210 mm
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