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Earth Dance

Earth Dance, the story of four generations of Balinese women, centers on conflicts that arise between the demands of caste and personal desires.Narrated by Ida Ayu Telaga, a Balinese woman in her thirties, the novel shows Balinese women�as depicted by her mother, grandmother and female peers�to be motivated by two factors: the yearning to be beautiful, and the desire for a high-caste husband. Headstrong Telaga defies her mother�s wishes and marries the man of her dreams, who is a commoner. Thus, in a reversal of societal expectations, as shown in the novel by images of women who aspire to �liberation� through �marrying up�, Telaga�s emancipation is implicitly characterized as a move downwards, through transformation to the status of a commoner. Earth Dance also reveals that�like high-caste status�beauty, too, has a price. Behind the thick, glossy hair and golden complexion, lies a web of jealousy, derision and intrigue. Telaga, whose life is controlled by her mother�s avarice, her mother-in-law�s bitterness and the greed of her sister-in-law, has frequent cause to wonder: �Is this what it means to be a woman?�

Creator / Author:  Oka Rusmini    

Translator:  Rani Amboyo   Thomas M. Hunter 

Publisher: Lontar Foundation

Place of Publication: Jakarta

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ISBN: 978-979-8083-82-2

Created: 2011

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Lontar Digital Libraryjkpklontar-ldl-110
National Library of Australia5783388
LC Control Number2011364114


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