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THE SPIRIT JOURNEY: Stories and Paintings of Bali.

Kertonegoro, Madi. (introduction by Alice Walker.)

ISBN 10: 0931125065 / ISBN 13: 9780931125065
Published by Navarro, California: Wild Trees Press, (1988.), 1988
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First edition - First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover. Balinese legends retold, in a weaving together of ancient and modern tales, by this Javanese artist, folklorist and peace activist. The stories of Bali are illustrated with tranditional lontar palm leaf drawings. Also included is a selection of full color plates of Madi's paintings, with his comments on each work. Introduction by Alice Walker who, with her partner Robert Allen, established Wild Trees Press, xv, 16 pp glossy plates, 103 pp. SIGNED on the dedication page by Madi, with "Ubud Bali, 2 Sept .88, at my home. Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (discoloration from tape on 2 pages) Uncommon signed. Bookseller Inventory # 33580

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Title: THE SPIRIT JOURNEY: Stories and Paintings of...

Publisher: Navarro, California: Wild Trees Press, (1988.)

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Retells traditional legends of the Tenganan village in Bali, Indonesia, and includes a selection of the author's paintings

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In this imaginative short-story collection, the artist and folklorist who lives in Bali, Indonesia, recreates lost legends of the village of Tenganan, populated by people who are believed to be descended from the "original Balinese" or "Bali Aga." The work also includes humorous sketches of contemporary Balinese life, such as "Uses of the Rubber Stamp," which describes the "capricious god" that "determines your fate" in a bureaucracy. The old tales are narrated by a magical spirit that travels back and forth in time. The frightening "Amok!" unfolds when the spirit overhears a father telling his son about the fate of a man who brutally murdered 16 villagers after he was taken by "the great Darkness." Conversely, in the modern day "Messenger," a humanitarian shadow gives the narrator a letter calling for an end to the arms race and instructs him to share it with "people of all nations, races, and beliefs." By weaving together ancient and modern tales, Kertonegoro effectively demonstrates how mysticism and superstition continue to influence the lives of rural Balinese even as they become increasingly Westernized. Stories are illustrated with reproductions of oil paintings and traditional palm leaf drawings.
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