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Most compounds house extended families of the male line. They may not be sold. Upon the death of the occupant, if there is no heir the property reverts to the village. Ancestors are honoured in the sanggah or merajan (house temple). A N D L O M B O K A courtyard wall built of clay and capped with bamboo or bale sakenam (“eastern” open ceremonial pavilion) is used for rites of passage (see p38). The bale dangin (courtyard) is the symbolic centre of the domestic microcosm. The natah is an enclosed pavilion for the household head or newly-weds.
Kendang beleq (“big drum”) at a cultural festival in Lombok Celebration of a special occasion with the aid of drums The use of drums and ceremonial dress at a wedding THE GAMELAN ORCHESTRA The Gong Kebyar is Bali’s newest, most popular and most complex form of gamelan. Its sound has been described as a “cascade of blazing gold”. Suling are bamboo flutes of various degrees Large bamboo musical instruments are used by gamelan jegog orchestras, a type of ensemble associated particularly with West Bali.
Among his Dewa Agung (“great lord”). reforms was the introduction Soon, the Klungkung of the padmasana shrine dynasty began to break (see p26), an altar to the into smaller kingdoms. Supreme God. He estabOver the next 250 years, lished, inspired or renowarfare and intermarvated many temples in riage created a complex Bali, including Pura political landscape. Tanah Lot (see p128). He The 18th and 19th preached in Lombok; centuries saw the rise of and he is considered to other kingdoms that be the ancestor of Bali’s foreshadowed the regeBrahmana Siwa clan, the ncies of Bali today.
Bali and Lombok by Bruce Carpenter