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By Fred B. Eiseman

"The top ebook on Bali for the intense visitor…Has the freshness of non-public experience."—Dr. Hildred Geertz, writer of Kinship in Bali and Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University

In Bali, what you see—sekala—is a colourful global of rite, ritual, dance, and drama. What you do not see what's occult—niskala—is the doctrine underlying the pageants, the code underlying the rites, and the magic underlying the dance. during this ebook, writer Fred Eiseman explores either tangibles and intangibles within the realm of Balinese faith, ritual, and acting arts.

The essays accumulated the following issues starting from Hindu mythology to fashionable gamelan tune. Eiseman's procedure is that of a committed reporter in love together with his subject—he has the data and persistence to provide an explanation for the near–infinite diversifications of the Balinese calendar, and but he's nonetheless moved via the majesty of the nice Eka Dasa Rudra rite. The author's 28 years adventure at the island exhibits, and this publication rewards shut reading—even via the main professional scholars of Balinese culture.

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