Selasa, 20 Juni 2017
Names can tell you a lot in Bali. Importantly, each of the four traditional names tells you whether a person was born first, second, third, or fourth in the family. But there is more.
My whole name is I Made Suba.
You can call me Made (pronounced Mah-day.) I have three brothers and one sister, and my name tells you I was the second born son in our family. Everyone with the name Made -- and there are many of us -- was the second born.
Wayan is for the first born child,
Made is second born, and
Nyoman is for the third born.
Finally, Ketut is for the fourth born child.
Notice the "I" in the name. I is the title for a son, and Ni is the title for a daughter.
Easy right? Not so fast. These names are for the children born into the Sudra caste. We have four castes in Bali:
And as you can guess, different names are used in different castes. More about that another time.
I Made Suba
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Jumat, 16 Juni 2017
My name is Made, pronounced Mah-Day. I am a local English speaking Balinese driver and guide and I would love to show you some of the historical sites on our island.
Kertah Gosa is one of them. It is located in the regency of Klungkung of the former powerful kingdom located there. This building was created in approximately 1700 by the King of Klungkung, I Dewa Agung Jambe.
Kertha means prosperity, jurisdiction, and penalization, and Gosa means the place to discuss. So you can imagine that this place was used for some pretty important discussions about the prosperity and justice of Bali.
When the Dutch colonized this regency, the building took on different functions as a court of justice. Notice the interesting decorations on the ceiling, they depict the famous shadow puppets of Bali.
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