Bridges to the Ancestors: Music, Myth, and Cultural Politics at an Indonesian Festival. This book represents two decades of research into the Lingsar Festival, held every year on Lombok, Bali. The festival is attended by both Balinese Hindus and Sasak Muslims. The author studies the festival's players, performing arts, rites and histories and relate this to the island's sociocultural and political trends. Deemed non-islamic by the authorities, Sasak participants have sought to introduce more islamic elements to the festival, while the Balinese have equally tried to "hinduize" it. This struggle reveals how history, identity and power are constructed and negotiated. In studying the Lingsar festival, this book also addresses the larger issues of modernity, globalization, authenticity, tourism, religion, regionalism, and nationalism in maintaining tradition.
Bridges to the Ancestors
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AuthorsHarnish, David D.
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press