Lamak : ritual objects in Bali

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Lamak : ritual objects in Bali

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Lamak : ritual objects in Bali
Author: Brinkgreve, L.F.
Issue Date: 2016-09-21
Keywords: Material culture
Abstract: A lamak is a long narrow hanging that is an essential requirement at most rituals in Bali. Made usually of palm leaves, it is by nature ephemeral. Although permanent forms of lamak, made of cloth or coins, exist, the ephemeral palm leaf form must be present. Hung from altars and shrines, a lamak serves as base for offerings and attracts deities and deified ancestors to them. Decorative motifs representing sources of life are ordered according to Balinese concepts of the vertical structure of the cosmos. Through offerings and the active role of the lamak, worshippers offer thanks to their deities and request prosperity and protection. Despite decades of change and modernization in Bali, the role of the lamak has survived intact. This is the first study to examine in detail this unique form of ephemeral material culture which is a prominent aspect of Balinese creativity. The study answers the question: why do Balinese make lamak and why do they continue to make them time and again? It examines the use and function of the lamak in ritual, the motifs that decorate them, the materials and techniques to make them, regional and individual styles, and processes of change and commercialization.
Promotor: Supervisors: P.J. ter Keurs; G.A. Persoon
Faculty: Social and Behavioural Sciences
University: Leiden
Uri: urn:isbn:9789088903908

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