ISLAND OF BALI MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS PDF

After graduating from the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria at the age of 14, he started producing caricatures and illustrations for texts and training materials published by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education. He also worked for the Ministry of Communications. In , at the age of 19, he moved to New York City armed with a grant from the Mexican government, tremendous talent, but very little English. The two fell in love and traveled together to Mexico, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean in the mid to late s.

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Feb 01, Nick rated it really liked it Miguel Covarrubias was the least showy of the Mexican muralists. And, perhaps, he lacked their outsized talent. What he had -- and they lacked -- was a generosity of spirit, an interest in the actual people of his country as opposed to the shape they made on the canvas and those of Bali, where he spent his Miguel Covarrubias was the least showy of the Mexican muralists. What he had -- and they lacked -- was a generosity of spirit, an interest in the actual people of his country as opposed to the shape they made on the canvas and those of Bali, where he spent his honeymoon and to which he returned.

Covarrubias, to judge from this book, had an inexhaustible curiosity about things Balinese, the dances and the dancers, the architecture of the temples, the Balinese take on Hindi gods and castes, the festivals and funeral rites, the stories and histories. Some of this must have felt familiar to Covarrubias, as in the Indian Mexican rites, the wearer of the mask was possessed by them.

One also seeks how comfortable he was with Bali in the grace of his painting there, more enticing actually to his work in Mexico. It reads like great anthropology, except for being readable. Nominally Hindu, the culture draws as much or more from deep animist and ancestral worship and is a way of living more than an ecclesiastical order.

Although written by the Mexican artist Covarrubias in the s, much of the content is just as relevant today and remains Essential reading on the very intricate Balinese culture especially as it relates to religion, art and drama.

Although written by the Mexican artist Covarrubias in the s, much of the content is just as relevant today and remains an important reference work despite its lack of an academic pedigree. A challenging read for those unaccustomed to s ethnographic literature present company included , but the rewards make this book a worthwhile endeavor.

Bali is rich and so magical you can actually feel the magic. Explore it or just explore this book. A must for anyone going to Bali.

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Feb 01, Nick rated it really liked it Miguel Covarrubias was the least showy of the Mexican muralists. And, perhaps, he lacked their outsized talent. What he had -- and they lacked -- was a generosity of spirit, an interest in the actual people of his country as opposed to the shape they made on the canvas and those of Bali, where he spent his Miguel Covarrubias was the least showy of the Mexican muralists. What he had -- and they lacked -- was a generosity of spirit, an interest in the actual people of his country as opposed to the shape they made on the canvas and those of Bali, where he spent his honeymoon and to which he returned. Covarrubias, to judge from this book, had an inexhaustible curiosity about things Balinese, the dances and the dancers, the architecture of the temples, the Balinese take on Hindi gods and castes, the festivals and funeral rites, the stories and histories. Some of this must have felt familiar to Covarrubias, as in the Indian Mexican rites, the wearer of the mask was possessed by them. One also seeks how comfortable he was with Bali in the grace of his painting there, more enticing actually to his work in Mexico.

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Island of Bali (A Borzoi Book) by Miguel Covarrubias

First published in , Island of Bali is still regarded by many as the most authoritative text on Bali and its fascinating people. Included is a wealth of information on the daily life, art, customs and religion of this magical "Island of the Gods. He lived in Bali for a total of three years in the early s, and today his account is as fresh and insightful as it was when it was originally published. Introducing the island with a survey of hits history, geography and social structure, Covarrubias goes on to present a captivating picture of Balinese art, music and drama.

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