Balinese Keris. Metal, Masculinity, Magic

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Balinese Keris. Metal, Masculinity, Magic
Original language
English
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    Ethnographic Art Books
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    Publication date
    2019
    Subjects
    • keris
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                  The keris or kris is a dagger famous for its wavy blade, although some do have straight blades. Keris can be found in those parts of Southeast Asia infused with Malay culture (southern Thailand, southern Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia), but are most often associated with Indonesia and particularly Java and Bali. There they are embedded in complex socio-cultural realities as expressed in rituals, sacred ceremonies, performing arts, martial arts, epics and magic among others. This rich tradition will be the focus of the book launch ““Balinese Keris. Metal, Masculinity, Magic” on 14 July at 5 PM at SEA Junction. The book, written by cultural expert Garrett Kam and published by C. Zwartenkot Art Books (2019), encapsulates major aspects of Balinese keris from their manufacturing to their gender and spiritual dimensions. It describes the keris’ rich contexts while recognizing the highly-accomplished art of the blade, hilt and scabbard.

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