, consciously chose
to avoid realpolitik and instead pursued the route of social engagement: a
commitment to work within the local community at a grass-roots level for an
improvement of the quality of life of those who were the victims of political,
social and economic injustice.
It is no surprise, then
brought back to life again
when the king, convinced that she has proved herself a worthy consort, has
decided to let his son marry her and has proposed that Inu and his wife
become king and queen of Kuripan. Even then, she retains her modesty as
she humbly declines being worthy to become queen of
-trading gangsters. An elaborate structure of courtly images provided
them with a way of seeing their interests in more elevated terms, a way of
tying their economic life into a broader series of sensual pursuits.
The kingdoms of pre-colonial Bali, even more than their texts, are still a
part of Balinese society
), who argued that Javanese
social life is dominated by three main 'cultural types', the abangan, santri,
and priyayi. Each of these cultural types or sub-cultures embodies a
particular complex of 'religious beliefs, ethical preferences, and political
ideologies [... J the general ideas of order in terms
he, too, presents himself as a
soother of cares (Sweeney 1972:39,44,273-9).
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life of the community, individual fortune and adversity, as well as over his
own success and fame as dalang.
As appears from the chapter in Tsuchiya Kenji (1987:1-15) on the Javanese
yakin dereng sampurna.
12. Nora tumekeng wong asih
anging sawuse tetela
yakin iku Pangerane
utawing wong kang sampurna
as he is still blind.
Anyone striving af ter the Lord,
should come with the Lord.
8. A scholar said,
"Anyone who is blind m this life,
will be blind also
and who is also known to have made aliving as a teacher of Koran recita-
tion to children (tukang ajar anak mengaji) (Van Ronkel 1909:28). The
manuscript in which the SBB is contained - a codex unicus that now has the
inventory number ML 254 - was acquired by the Bataviaasch
ers and foreigners, the Malat was part of the way the courts of Bali became
the exemplary 'interiors' of Balinese culture. The Malat addressed the needs
of periods in Balinese history when courtly life was being reoriented from
the existence of one dominant court to many on a more
as gambuh is my pastiche of
the main episodes known to gambuh performers still living in the 1980s, but
quoting heavily from a record of 1930s performers' knowledge. Because per-
formers know of these episodes as repeated performance, few of them can
give lengthy expositions of the stories. More
enduring paradox: that precisely in livinga failed life according to the
standards of the tradition as it was understood in his time, he ended up
living well according to the transforming tradition Chinese moral poetics
has actually proven to be.