Visible and Invisible Realms: Power, Magic, and Colonial Conquest in Bali
University of Chicago Press, 15. apr. 1995 - 445 sider
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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Colonial Representations of Klungkung
Map of Bali
Power and the Invisible
Keris from Puri Klungkung
Balinese and Colonial Practices
The Sources of Klungkungs Power
Pura Penataran Agung Complex
Knowledge and Power
Map of Klungkung and Surroundings
Map of Royal Houses Priestly Houses
The Destruction of the World
Dewa Agung Jambe
A Reinvented Klungkung
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Anak Agung ancestors Babad Dalem Badung Bali Bali's rulers Balinese Balinese rulers Bangawan Canggu Bangli Batur Besakih Betara Bloemen Waanders Brahmana Brahmana priests brother Buda Buleleng bullets claim clan Cokorda colonial government colonial officials concerning conquest court DAYU ALIT defeat demons Dewa Agung Jambe Dewa Agung Putra Dewa Manggis discourse Divinity Durga Dutch European example Gajah Mada Gede Gelgel Geria Gianyar Goa Lawah gods Governor Gusti heirloom holy water Huskus Koopman Ida Bagus Jagri invisible world Isteri Java Javanese Jero Karangasem kasaktian Keniten keris Kesiman Ketut king king's Klung Klungkung Klungkung's rulers Ksatria kung Kusamba Lombok lords magic Mail Report Majapahit Mengwi Mount Agung narratives narrators Ngurah niskala Nyalian offerings Pedanda Gede person political precolonial prince puputan Puri realm regalia Resident ritual sakti Schulte Nordholt Seliksik shrines Siwa spirits stories suggests Tabanan Taman Sari Tanda Langlang temple texts tion told village weapons Wisnu
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