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Priests and Programmers: Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali

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For the Balinese, the whole of nature is a perpetual resource: through centuries of carefully directed labor, the engineered landscape of the island's rice terraces has taken shape. According to Stephen Lansing, the need for effective cooperation in water management links thousands of farmers together in hierarchies of productive relationships that span entire watersheds.

Lansing describes the network of water temples that once managed the flow of irrigation water in the name of the Goddess of the Crater Lake. Using the techniques of ecological simulation modeling as well as cultural and historical analysis, Lansing argues that the symbolic system of temple rituals is not merely a reflection of utilitarian constraints but also a basic ingredient in the organization of production.

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For the Balinese, the whole of nature is a perpetual resource: through centuries of carefully directed labor, the engineered landscape of the island's rice terraces has taken shape. According to Stephen Lansing, the need for effective cooperation in water management links thousands of farmers together in hierarchies of productive relationships that span entire watersheds.

Lansing describes the network of water temples that once managed the flow of irrigation water in the name of the Goddess of the Crater Lake. Using the techniques of ecological simulation modeling as well as cultural and historical analysis, Lansing argues that the symbolic system of temple rituals is not merely a reflection of utilitarian constraints but also a basic ingredient in the organization of production.

Synopsis:

For the Balinese, the whole of nature is a perpetual resource: through centuries of carefully directed labor, the engineered landscape of the island's rice terraces has taken shape. According to Stephen Lansing, the need for effective cooperation in water management links thousands of farmers together in hierarchies of productive relationships that span entire watersheds.

Lansing describes the network of water temples that once managed the flow of irrigation water in the name of the Goddess of the Crater Lake. Using the techniques of ecological simulation modeling as well as cultural and historical analysis, Lansing argues that the symbolic system of temple rituals is not merely a reflection of utilitarian constraints but also a basic ingredient in the organization of production.

About the Author

J. Stephen Lansing is a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and in the departments of Anthropology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. He is the author of "Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

List of Tables xiii

Foreword xv

Preface to the 2007 Edition xix

Acknowledgments xxxi

Introduction: The Gods of the Countryside 1

Chapter One: "Income to Which No Tears Are Attached" 17

Chapter Two: The Powers of Water 37

Chapter Three: The Waters of Power 50

Chapter Four: The Temple of the Crater Lake 73

Chapter Six: Massive Guidance 111

Conclusion: Sociogensis 127

Afterword by Valerio Valeri 134

Appendix A: Plan of the Temple of the Crater lake 145

Appendic B: Technical Report on the Ecological Simulation Model by James N. Kremer 153

Notes 159

Index 181

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691130668
Author:
Lansing, J Stephen
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Foreword by:
Clark, William C.
Foreword:
Clark, William C.
Author:
Lansing, J. Stephen
Author:
Clark, William C.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Water-supply
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Environmental - Water Supply
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies -- Indonesia.
Subject:
Irrigation - Indonesia - Bali (Province) -
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , For the Balinese, the whole of nature is a perpetual resource: through centuries of carefully directed labor, the engineered landscape of the island's rice terraces has taken shape. According to Stephen Lansing, the need for effective cooperation in water management links thousands of farmers together in hierarchies of productive relationships that span entire watersheds.

Lansing describes the network of water temples that once managed the flow of irrigation water in the name of the Goddess of the Crater Lake. Using the techniques of ecological simulation modeling as well as cultural and historical analysis, Lansing argues that the symbolic system of temple rituals is not merely a reflection of utilitarian constraints but also a basic ingredient in the organization of production.

"Synopsis" by , For the Balinese, the whole of nature is a perpetual resource: through centuries of carefully directed labor, the engineered landscape of the island's rice terraces has taken shape. According to Stephen Lansing, the need for effective cooperation in water management links thousands of farmers together in hierarchies of productive relationships that span entire watersheds.

Lansing describes the network of water temples that once managed the flow of irrigation water in the name of the Goddess of the Crater Lake. Using the techniques of ecological simulation modeling as well as cultural and historical analysis, Lansing argues that the symbolic system of temple rituals is not merely a reflection of utilitarian constraints but also a basic ingredient in the organization of production.

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