Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The Art of Dealing with the Gods: Balinese Women and Ritual Labor Public Deposited

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  • This thesis investigates the ritual labor required of Hindu Balinese women to produce obligatory daily offerings for their households. It analyzes how Balinese broadly perceive this work and what women themselves hope to accomplish through these objects. The thesis situates this ethnographic analysis through theoretical connections with the scholarship on Bali, feminist theories of domestic labor, and ritual economies. The research was based on six months of fieldwork and interviews with thirty Balinese women and two Balinese men. I found that while many Balinese women expressed weariness or dissatisfaction with the never-ending nature of offering making, many of them also expressed satisfaction in being able to help their families achieve the state of selamat, a condition of safety and equilibrium between the visible world of humans and the invisible world of spirits.
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  • 2018-01-01
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  • 2019-12-02
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