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Cosmogony and Creation in Balinese Tradition

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Part of the Bibliotheca Indonesica book series (BIBI, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. C. Hooykaas
    Pages 1-4
  3. C. Hooykaas
    Pages 5-51
  4. C. Hooykaas
    Pages 52-92
  5. C. Hooykaas
    Pages 129-170
  6. C. Hooykaas
    Pages 171-172
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 173-179

About this book


Life is stranger than fiction. Considerably so. Judge from this: The Javanese develop a feeling towards their afterbirth, wbich is not thrown away at birth in the heathenish Western way, but which gets a decent burial and has the name: ari-ari, younger brother (- sister) . I know of a Javanese schoolgirl who wTote in an essay: "How couldn't I have tender feelings towards the spot where my ari-ari lies buried?" The Balinese are in the happy position of having no less than four elder brothers (sisters). The 'concomitants of physical birth', being the amniotic fluid, the blood, the vernix caseosa and the afterbirth together are the baby's kanda mpat, bis four elder brothers, or her elder ~isters in the case of a girl. Though the first three, due to their liquid state, mostly disappear and receive little care, the ari-ari is carefully buried under a round riverstone of about one foot in diameter, for a boy at the one side of the steps leading to the sleeping house, for a girl at the other side. The innumerable writipgs, partially or completely dealing with the kanda mpat, do not weary from inculcating their readers that the four are helpful as long as one gives them the (material) food and reverential thoughts they are entitled to, in which case they from their side behave as true eIder brothers. U. however, one neglects and ignores them, they punish their younger brother.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cosmogony and Creation in Balinese Tradition
  • Authors C. Hooykaas
  • Editors C. Hooykaas
  • Series Title Bibliotheca Indonesica
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-015-0042-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-0516-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 179
  • Number of Illustrations 21 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Sciences, general
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