Bridges to the Ancestors: Music, Myth, And Cultural Politics at an Indonesian Festival (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - History - 260 pages
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The spectacular Lingsar festival is held annually at a village temple complex built above the most abundant water springs on the island of Lombok, near Bali. Participants come to the festival not only for the efficacy of its rites but also for its spiritual, social, and musical experience. A nexus of religious, political, artistic, and agrarian interests, the festival also serves to harmonize relations between indigenous Sasak Muslims and migrant Balinese Hindus. Ethnic tensions, however, lie beneath the surface of cooperative behavior, and struggles regularly erupt over which group--Balinese or Sasak--owns the past and dominates the present.
  

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Contents

Encounters Constructions Reflections
1
Festivals and Cultures of Lombok
16
Myths Actors and Politics
44
Temple Units Performing Arts and Festival Rites
89
Music History Cosmology and Content
121
Explorations of Meaning
162
Changing Dimensions Changing Identities
190
The Final Gong
207
Notes
217
Glossary
237
Bibliography
245
Index
253
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David D. Harnish is associate professor of ethnomusicology and director of Balinese gamelan Kusuma Sari at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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