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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Island of Bali
Author(s):Covarrubias, Miguel
Religion(s):Hinduism
Publisher Name:Oxford University Press
Place of Publication:Kuala Lumpur
Date of Publication:1974
Annotation:Seeking “to present a bird’s-eye view of Balinese life and culture” (p xxv), Covarrubias relates information he gathered in Bali during a visit in the early 1930s. This largely sympathetic portrait addresses the island and its residents, their economy, religion, rituals, ceremonies, arts, kinship structures, and the impacts of colonialism and missionary activities. Depicting Balinese religion as an earth-based mixture of Hinduism and animism, Covarrubias suggests that Balinese culture is based on traditional rules and religious beliefs that seek to harmonize human life with the forces of nature.
   
 
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