Women of the Kakawin World: Marriage and Sexuality in the Indic Courts of Java and Bali
M.E. Sharpe, 2004 - 357페이지
In this fascinating study the lives and mores of women in one of the least understood but most densely populated areas of the world are unveiled through the eyes of generations of court poets. For more than a millennium, the poets of the Indic courts of Java and Bali composed epic kakawin poems in which they recreated the court environment where they and their royal patrons lived. Major themes in this poetry form include war, love, and marriage. It is a rich source for the cultural and social history of Indonesia. Still being produced in Bali today, kakawin remain of interest and relevance to Balinese cultural and religious identities.
This book draws on the epic kakawin poetry tradition to examine the institutions of courtship and marriage in the Indic courts. Its primary purpose is to explore the experiences of women belonging to the kakawin world, although the texts by nature reveal more about the discourses concerning women, sexuality, and gender than of the historical experiences of individual women.
For over a thousand years these royal courts were major patrons of the arts. The court-sponsored epic works that have survived provide an ongoing literary testimony to the cultural and social concerns of court society from its earliest recorded history until its demise at the end of the nineteenth century. This study examines the idealized images of women and sexuality that have pervaded Javanese and Balinese culture and provides insights into a number of cultural practices.
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Although the poet provides considerable detail of the joining in marriage of Aja
and Indumati, it is not certain that he is describing a Javanese situation. The
ceremonies of the marriage of Aja and Indumati are described in the
Raghuvamsa, the ...
Parthayana: See Journeying of Partha. Prasthanikaparwa: See Book of the Great
Journey. Prethuwijaya: See Victory of Prethu. Purwadigama: An Old Javanese
legal treatise, also known as Siwasasana. Raghuvamsa (The Lineage of Raghu):
However, neither of these ceremonies is mentioned in the Raghuvamsa, so that it
is unlikely that the ceremony described in Death by Sumanasa Flower directly
reflects the author's Sanskrit source. The ceremonies of marriage in Hindu ritual ...