By Adrian Vickers Ph.D.

The Island of Bali—a real paradise is explored during this vintage travelogue.

From the artists and writers of the Nineteen Thirties to the devour, Pray, Love excursions so renowned this present day, Bali has drawn hoards of overseas viewers and transplants to its beaches. What makes Bali so unique, and the way has it controlled to maintain its identification regardless of a century of excessive strain from the skin global?

Bali: A Paradise Created bridges the space among scholarly works and extra renowned go back and forth bills. It bargains an obtainable historical past of this attention-grabbing island and an anthropological research not just of the Balinese, yet of the paradise–seekers from all components of the area who've traveled to Bali in ever–increasing numbers over the many years.

This Bali travelogue indicates how Balinese tradition has pervaded western movie, artwork, literature and tune in order that even these who have by no means been there have loved a glimpse of paradise. This authoritative, much–cited paintings is now up to date with new photographs and illustrations, a brand new creation, and new textual content protecting the earlier two decades.

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The island was militarily strong and exotically rich, attributes that were symbolized by the handle of the king’s dagger or kris, a bejeweled and sculpted piece of gold weighing two pounds, and carried by a bearer. This beautiful object was the first and foremost of many krisses that became emblems of Bali’s wealth and savagery. Widow burning compounded the fascination of Bali’s Hinduism. This practice of satia or “sutee” was already known to the Europeans from India, and remained a major motif of Bali into the twentieth century.

The kingdom of Gèlgèl, which preceded the nine kingdoms, laid the foundations for the development of modern Balinese culture. The subsequent increase in the number of courts, each elaborating and extending the varieties of ritual, art, theater and music on the island, deepened that culture. This is the Bali that the Dutch, motivated by economic interests and a desire to tidy up the imperial map of the Netherlands East Indies, finally conquered in the nineteenth century. They struggled to gain control of the island from 1846 to 1908 and it took them seven separate military expeditions to fully defeat the Balinese kings and puzzle out the political system.

It was important for Dutch sailors to see Bali as Hindu, not Islamic, in the seventeenth century, at the same time as it was important for Balinese that Bali was the center of a great empire taking in parts of Java and the islands of Eastern Indonesia. In the eighteenth century the Dutch saw it as a backwater of the slave trade, yet the Balinese were mainly preoccupied with the creation of new kingdoms by dynamic princes. In the nineteenth century Bali was chaotic and violent to the English and Dutch colonists, yet to the Balinese it was a domain in which a struggle for status and hierarchy was taking place.

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