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More Than Words: Transforming Script, Agency, and Collective Life in Bali

Richard Fox


Grounded in extensive ethnographic and archival research on the Indonesian island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious traditions of Southeast Asia. Through a nuanced study of Balinese script as employed in rites of healing, sorcery and self-defence, this book explores the aims and desires embodied in the production and use of palm-leaf manuscripts, amulets and other inscribed objects. Balinese often attribute both life and independent volition to manuscripts and copperplate inscriptions, presenting them with ... More

Keywords: text, writing, script, ritual, religion, power, agency, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Bali

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501725340
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501725340.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Fox, author
Ruprecht-Karls-Universitä¨t Heidelberg