The Balinese kakawin tradition: a preliminary description and inventory

Creese, Helen (1999) The Balinese kakawin tradition: a preliminary description and inventory. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 155 1: 45-96. doi:10.1163/22134379-90003880

Author Creese, Helen
Title The Balinese kakawin tradition: a preliminary description and inventory
Formatted title
The Balinese kakawin tradition: a preliminary description and inventory
Journal name Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-2294
Publication date 1999-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/22134379-90003880
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 155
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 96
Total pages 52
Place of publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Publisher Koninklijk Institut Voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde (KITVL)
Language eng
Subject C1
420213 Indonesian
780199 Other
Formatted abstract
Bali has a vast and rich literature that dates back many centuries but which remains largely unknown outside Bali. Many different genres are represent ed in the Balinese literary corpus, ranging from prose and poetic works written in Kawi - a name that encompasses a number of related idioms including Old Javanese, Middle Javanese and Javanese-Balinese - to works in literary Balinese and modern novels, short stories and poetry written in Balinese and Indonesian. Among these literary genres is kakawin literature, one of the oldest written genres in the Indonesian archipelago, with its roots deep in the earliest period of Hindu-Javanese civilization and culture. Kakawin are written in Old Javanese (Kawi), in verse form according to a set number of syllables per line, and in fixed metrical patterns of long and short syllables that are based on the principles of Sanskrit poetics. Most are epic tales, although a number are also concerned with didactic and religious themes.

The story of kakawin literature is closely bound up with the processes by which Indian, largely Sanskrit-derived, cultural, literary and religious practices were adapted in the Indonesian world. Sanskrit literature in particular had a profound effect on Javanese literature...
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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