Visible and Invisible Realms: Power, Magic, and Colonial Conquest in Bali

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University of Chicago Press, 15. apr. 1995 - 445 sider
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In 1908, the ruler of the Balinese realm of Klungkung and more than 100 members of his family and court were massacred when they marched deliberately into the fire of the Dutch colonial army. The question of what their action meant and its continued significance in contemporary Klungkung forms the basis of Margaret Wiener's complex anthropolological history.

Wiener challenges colonial and academic claims that Klungkung had no "real" power and argues that such claims enabled colonial domination. By focusing on Balinese discourses she makes clear the choices open to Balinese, both at the time of the Dutch conquest and in its narration. At the same time, she shows how these discourses, which revolve around magical weapons acquired from invisible agents such as gods, spirits, and ancestors, offer an alternative understanding of Klungkung's power.

Moving between Balinese and Dutch narratives and between past and present, Wiener critiques colonial accounts by recounting Balinese memories and interpretations. Her attention to history and local situations illuminates the ways in which colonialism and orientalist scholarship have obscured the power of indigenous rulers and shows how Klungkung, once Bali's paramount realm, was relegated to a peripheral corner of the Indonesian nation-state. Both as a fascinating story and as a rich example of interdisciplinary scholarship, this book will interest students of colonialism, anthropology, history, religion, and Southeast Asia.
  

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Innhold

Introduction
3
Colonial Representations of Klungkung
22
Map of Bali
23
Power and the Invisible
43
Keris from Puri Klungkung
65
Balinese and Colonial Practices
76
The Sources of Klungkungs Power
97
Pura Penataran Agung Complex
132
Knowledge and Power
222
Map of Klungkung and Surroundings
242
Map of Royal Houses Priestly Houses
264
The Destruction of the World
275
Dewa Agung Jambe
319
A Reinvented Klungkung
357
Glossary
373
Bibliography
417

TWO The Colonial Encounter
135
Map of the Region of Klungkung
141

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