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Sacred and Secret [electronic resource]: Rites of Passage in Bali

Religion in Bali is marked by rituals of high artistry aimed at harmonizing the forces of darkness and light, as this program shows. Ancestor worship, karma, and other key concepts are illustrated through lavish, rare, high-definition footage of a cremation ceremony-considered a joyous prelude to reincarnation-a birth ceremony, a puberty rite, and a wedding. A priest explains the interplay between humans and the spirit world, with input from scholar Graeme MacRae; anthropologist Urs Ramseyer discusses the rites of the indigenous Bali Aga; and Gill Marais, on whose book this film is based, comments on the sacred trance-dances performed by young girls.
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2011
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Sacred and Secret [electronic resource]: Spirit Possession in Bali

The elaborate rituals and timeless pageantry of Bali make the island unforgettable for visitors, yet few really understand what lies behind the dances, the costumes, and the ceremonies. With gorgeous, high-definition footage this program delves into the spiritual beliefs at the heart of Balinese traditions. Viewers observe the powerful Barong dance, in which participants fall into a trance and are later revived by mantras, and witness a frenetic invocation of the goddess of death not performed for tourists. In addition, the video documents the four months of preparation leading up to a spectacular cremation ceremony for three members of the royal family of Ubud, including the man known as Bali's Last King.
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2011