Selasa, 20 Juni 2017
Balinese Names and Caste System - by an English Speaking Local Balinese Guide and Driver
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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