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The Barong wants to go out again : Krisis moneter and the resurgence of rituals in Indonesia

Der Barong tritt wieder auf : monetäre Krise und die Wiederauferstehung der Rituale in Indonesien
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Gottowik, Volker

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Abstract "The economic and monetary crisis (krismo) at the end of the nineties has changed Indonesia in many respects. While the political transformations in the wake of Suharto's step back seem all too obvious, changes in religious activities are seldom taken into account. This paper refers to the impact of krismo on ritual performances connected with the famous Barong figures in Bali. These impacts are twofold: the democratization of Indonesia led not only to a revival of cultural activities of ethnic Chinese of which the reappearance of Barongsai dance troupes after more than 30 years of oppression is only one feature; the economic crises also raised the demand for new Barong masks on the side of the local Balinese people and finally caused a boom of ritual activities connected with these sacred figures. Against this background it will be demonstrated that krismo led not only to a revitalization of the Barong cult in Bali, but also became itself a topic of particular Barong performances. Therefore it is argued that economic events have religious impacts and vice versa. But how is krismo as a topic taken up by ritual discourse and what kinds of message do the local actors disseminate through the medium of Barong?" (author's abstract)
Keywords Indonesia; Southeast Asia; economic crisis; ritual; transformation; religion; dance; theater; cultural identity; myth; democratization; ethnic group; Chinese; impact; developing country; Asia
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Sociology of Religion; General History
Method historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 95-104
Journal ASEAS - Österreichische Zeitschrift für Südostasienwissenschaften, 1 (2008) 2
ISSN 1999-253X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works