Miscellaneous Papers Relating to Indo-China and the Indian Archipelago, Volume 2

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Trübner & Company, 1887 - Bali Island (Indonesia) - 313 pages
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Page 148 - After the body of the prince had arrived at the place of cremation, the three Belas in their Bades — each preceded by the bearers of the offerings destined for her, with armed men and bands of music — were conducted to the three fires. Their Bodes were also turned round three times, and were carried round the whole place of cremation.
Page 62 - The temperature might however have been lowered by evaporation, therefore it can scarcely be assumed as a true mean temperature, or employed in calculating the height — It may however be remarked that the mean temperatures given by Mr Leslie for the level of the sea in the different latitudes will certainly not apply to the low latitudes in the eastern islands : 83° which is given as the mean temperature in latitude 3, is far too high for Bencoolen, where the range of the thermometer throughout...
Page 69 - MUST request the indulgence of friendly readers for the following paper on Bali. Not having prepared myself for this labour on Bali itself, I had not the means of collecting and properly arranging all my materials. I could only use for this purpose a small portion of the valuable manuscripts of the priests which were placed at my disposal. I could not avail myself of the information of the natives as to many points, and I was deprived of a great part of my manuscripts.
Page 83 - Bali are to regulate thenlives in accordance with the Epic writings, and as long as they do so peace and quietness shall prevail and increase in the country. In the present time, however, many princes are charged with indifference to the sacred precepts, and with being, thereby, the cause of the diminution of the fortune and prosperity of Bali. A virtuous prince, before undertaking the smallest matter, examines first the conduct of the old Kshatriyas and demigods, as it is described in the ancient...
Page 9 - Bijdragen tot de taal- land- en volkenkunde van Nederlandsch Indie, vol. ii. p. 167 sqq., and vol. vii. nieuwe volgreeks, p. I sqq. [Bat. 247 ; L. p. 178 ; de Hollander, 1. 1. p. 308, No. I.] § In the end of this manuscript this proper name of the mother of the heroine is spelt Office, and has been described in my
Page 67 - Long and short arc the reaches of the Musi (river), think you they are the same with the reaches of the Tenang, the shortest of all the reaches of the Aman ? willing or unwilling, I will address my opponent ; I will take the moon by the hand, though she is of the family of the stars, and a daughter of the sun.
Page 78 - Bali no inscriptions on stone or metal are met with, nor any older characters than the present current writing. This is naturally explained from the letters only having been introduced since the fall of Majapahit or a very little before. Although we meet with no modes of writing of a more ancient date, yet in the new writing all the richness is preserved which ever was possessed by the Sanskrit writing in Java. It is only in the Balinese manuscripts that we find reproduced, with the greatest purity,...
Page 71 - ... conquerors found this language the prevailing one on Bali, and could not expel it, and, for this reason in particular, that the population of Bali was very numerous, and was brought under subjection more by the greater civilization of the Javanese than by the force of arms. The Javanese conquerors preserved as a high language the Javanese which they brought with them ; for their intercourse with the people of the land they had to learn the original Polynesian tongue, which alone was spoken by...
Page 146 - Satya is the burning of a wife, who from a platform erected for the purpose, throws herself into the same fire with her husband, committing suicide with the creese at the same time. These may be either lawful wives or concubines, and the latter is not unfrequently the case. Bela, on the contrary, is the burning of a wife, who is burnt in a separate fire, not with her husband, jumping into it alive, without using the creese. This latter method is not thought so much of, but is the more common. These...