Cover

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Title page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. -vi

Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

For anthropologists writing about their fieldwork experiences, the question of how to acknowledge the contributions of those who helped them with their research has become rather...

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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pp. 1-19

When anthropologists try to evoke an exotic non-Western society like that of Bali, the result may look like a dance of marionettes. Customarily we begin by highlighting the unusual, the strange symbols and beliefs that are most unlike...

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Chapter 2: Origins of Subaks and Water Temples

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pp. 20-66

In an afterword he wrote to an earlier book of mine about Balinese water temples, Valerio Valeri commented on the apparent detachment of the princes of Bali from the productive system of irrigated rice terraces. Why didn’t the kings claim...

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Chapter 3: The Emergence of Cooperation on Water Mountains

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pp. 67-87

The irrigation system that provides the water to flood the Sebatu water mountain begins at a dam several kilometers upstream, deep in a valley carved by the Petanu River. The dam allows a third of the river to flow downstream, where it is captured by...

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Chapter 4: Tyrants, Sorcerers, and Democrats

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pp. 88-121

One afternoon about fifteen years ago, a group of farmers stormed angrily out of a meeting in the village of Kedisan and declared that they would no longer participate in subak affairs. The reason for their anger was the refusal of their neighbors to...

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Chapter 5: Hieroglyphs of Reason

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pp. 122-152

The Kebayan-kings of Pujung were merely the latest in a long list of stray elements that had so far eluded capture in our simulation models, videotapes, and questionnaires. Witches, sorcerers, Blerong spirits, and for that matter the entire panoply of...

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Chapter 6: Demigods at the Summit

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pp. 153-189

Perched dramatically on the rim of Mount Batur overlooking the crater lake, the supreme water temple Ulun Danu Batur is a collection of nested stone courtyards enclosing an array of towering shrines and pavilions, dedicated to the...

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Chapter 7: Achieving Perfect Order

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pp. 190-212

The initial impetus for the research that led to this book was the discovery that computer simulations of Balinese water temple networks will self-organize, provided each node of the network is given the capacity to adapt to its local environment. As simulated...

Additional Publications from the Subak Research Projects

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pp. 213-216

Index

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pp. 217-227