By Judy Slattum,Hildred Geertz,Paul Schraub

The certain and gorgeous mask utilized in Balinese rituals are explored in nice aspect in Balinese Masks.

Masked performances are an old and crucial a part of Balinese rituals and are even more than mere spectacles for audiences. The mask serve either as visible aids within the portrayal of Bali's courtly legends and as harnessers of invisible forces. As "members in their personal village communities," the mask are given an opportunity to "speak" and "move round" and be entertained via their human servants in parades and temple ceremonies. the good number of Bali's mask, a lot of them sacred and barely displayed, and the dance performances during which they seem, are good represented during this book.

The extraordinary aspect and craftsmanship of the mask, printed in Paul Schraub's beautiful pictures, including an educated textual content by means of Judy Slattum on their artistry, symbolism, non secular value, and manufacture, will take readers on a desirable visible, religious, and dramatic trip into the sacred rituals of Bali. A foreword via Hildred Geertz additional explains the importance of the mask and their function in Balinese village life.

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