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Written with remarkable clarity, Covarrubias describes the geography and nature of the island, along with the history of the people, providing a thorough account of the community, family, and individual in all spheres of Balinese life. Miguel Cova First published inIsland of Bali has come to be regarded as a classic work on the Balinese people and their civilization.
Miguel Covarrubias was born in Mexico City and was an author, painter, caricaturist, and professor of art history at the National School of Anthropology in Mexico City. Paperbackpages. Published April 15th by Periplus Editions first published January 28th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Island of Baliplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
covarfubias Jun 18, Vivienne Kruger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Buy into the romance and seduction of Covarrubias—driven by a feverish imagination– inexorably pulled towards and teased by the lure of Bali, half a world islanf. As a miguep artist on an island with three million artists-in-residence creativity is considered both a religious and a natural activity on BaliCovarrubias penetrated deeply into the spirit of the dance, theatre, music, decorative arts, and pastimes of Bali.
Embellished by half-tone photos and 90 drawings by the author and other Balinese artists, this essential, still-relevant classic consists of twelve chapters on the Balinese people and their civilization in the s. Covarrubias explored the place of the artist in Balinese life and the development and evolution of Balinese art, crafts, sculpture, and architecture.
Drama and dance are important components of Balinese life: Island of Bali unveils material on priests and religion, temples and feasts, offerings and exorcisms, the Balinese calendar, and the original Bali Aga people.
Written from a day when primary forests reigned supreme and witch doctors wielded terrifying power, Covarrubias delves into the cult of the Barong and Rangda, black and white magic, folk medicine, the sacrifice of widows, and death and cremation. Feb 01, Nick rated it really liked it. Miguel Covarrubias was the least showy of the Mexican muralists. He lacked the bravado of Rivera who spent the Revolution in Francethe militance of Siquieros who led a machine gun attack on Trotsky’s housethe spiritual struggle of Orozco.
And, perhaps, he lacked their outsized talent. What he had — and they lacked — was a generosity of spirit, an interest in the actual people of his country as opposed to the shape they made on the canvas and those of Bali, where he spent his honeymoo Miguel Covarrubias was the least showy of the Mexican muralists. What he had — and they lacked — was a generosity of spirit, an interest in the actual people of his country as opposed to the shape they made on the canvas and those of Bali, where he spent his honeymoon and to which he returned.
It was a golden age for foreign intellectuals in Bali, where Covarrubias’ wife Rose photographed, Walter Spies painted and Colin McPhee composed and preserved the local music. Covarrubias, to judge from this book, had an inexhaustible curiosity about things Balinese, the dances and the dancers, the architecture of the temples, the Balinese take on Hindi gods and castes, the festivals and funeral rites, the stories and histories.
Some of this must have felt familiar to Covarrubias, as in the Indian Mexican rites, the wearer of the mask was possessed by them. One also seeks how comfortable he was with Bali in the grace of his painting there, more enticing actually to his work in Mexico.
It reads like great anthropology, except for being readable. Nov 23, Steve rated it really liked it. Essential reading on the very intricate Balinese culture especially as it relates to religion, art and drama. Nominally Hindu, the culture draws as much or more from deep animist and ancestral worship and is a way of living more than an ecclesiastical order. I think I like ancestor worship since it cannot be proselytized as one’s ancestors are specific to one’s own culture.
Although written by the Mexican artist Covarrubias in the s, much of the content is just as relevant today and remains Essential reading on the very intricate Balinese culture especially as it relates to religion, art and drama. Although written by the Mexican artist Covarrubias in the s, much of the content is just as relevant today and remains an important reference work despite its lack of an academic pedigree.
Aug 22, Brendan Koerner rated it liked it. Not quite my cup of tea, as Covarrubias’s writing and tone are strictly academic. But “Island of Bali” is nonetheless an impressive feat of anthropological reporting, and Covarrubias’s deep affinity for Balinese culture shines through in his attention to detail.
A challenging read for those unaccustomed to s ethnographic literature present company includedbut the rewards make this book a worthwhile endeavor. Omgosh Miguel this is the detail I was after. This is the book to read if you love Bali, but don’t associate yourself with the travellers who wear beer labeled singlet tops and think nasi goreng is the only edible dish and bargain so low it’s embarrassing.
Bali is rich and so magical you can actually feel the magic. Explore it or just explore this book. Either way it’s a trip. Jul 16, Dianne Lange rated it really liked it. The Lonely Planet helps you get around but this guide to the culture helps you understand what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling. A must for anyone going to Bali. A must for all who wants to know more about the fascinating Balinese life and culture. Jul 25, elena rated it really liked it.
Jan 01, Peter rated it it was amazing. One of the best books about Bali.
Sep 10, Harry Chua rated it it was amazing. For those who fall in love with Bali, this is the most authoritative book on Bali and Balinese. The author puts us through back in time, all his sketches and drawings are so beautiful.
Aug 19, Blythe rated it it was amazing. Thorough and splendid account of Bali culture.
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It made my travels feel very personal. It was written a long time ago in reference to trips he made in the s, but it almost seems like the people governing Bali read it and took his advice to heart, because when I visited, they had clearly placed framework to allow them to grow with the times, but preserve the essential parts of their culture, particularly their humor, cooperation, religion, and their incredible and vast artistic talent.
They pu Thorough and splendid account of Bali culture. They put a premium on beauty and it makes the island a paradise. It was nice to know their culture more intimately through this book in a way I couldn’t absorb in 9 migjel there. I enjoyed this old account of Bali, oof in ‘s.
Although many parts of it weren’t applicable to present day Bali, there were several parts that were, including the religion and ideas behind certain practices. The author includes anecdotes he heard while living there about the culture use of human blood in the dyes of the double ikat of Tenganan and notes about the fruit including snake fruit! Kept as a reference for future trips to Bali. Nov 21, Dean Mermell rated it really liked it. Covarrubias was a prolific Mexican artist who was one of the first wave of westerners in the 30s to spend time in Bali.
His drawings and descriptions of dance, ritual, and daily life give a beautiful taste of what things were like in those early days, before Bali changed into the much more commercial post card of itself we find today.
This books is really good. Bli will give you the overview of the life in Bali. Not very in-depth, but quite well in describing what we need to know about Bali. A must-read before you read other books fictions or non-fictions about Bali. May 11, Richard rated it it was amazing. Covarrubias is practically forgotten and much under-appreciated as an artist in the current age. This is a marvelous book.
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Jul 12, Tony Zotti rated it really liked it. An amazing account by a wonderful man. Jan 13, Derek rated it really liked it. May 02, Yudha Bestari rated it really liked it.
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