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Background Information

Beliefs of Hinduism

Learn about the basic beliefs of Hinduism.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Background Information

Beliefs and Religions of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)

China’s emperors believed that Heaven bestowed upon them a divine mandate to rule — thus their title “Son of Heaven.” This mandate was hereditary but could be withdrawn at any time and bestowed upon another family if Heaven deemed it appropriate.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

Artwork

Battle of Awazugahara, from The Tale of the Heike

This scene illustrates an episode from the chapter, “The End of the Life of Kiso Yoshinaka,” in The Tale of the Heike, a thirteenth-century recounting of the wars between two powerful clans, the Heike and the Genji (also called the Taira and the Minamoto). By the time this painting was made, important episodes from The Tale of the Heike such as this one were widely familiar and had become popular subjects for paintings.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8)

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Balinese Temple Offerings

The painting of the temple offering at the start of this video, on view at the Asian Art Museum during the Bali exhibition, is by Miguel Covarrubias. It is among the many offerings he must have seen as he traveled around the island of Bali. Offerings such as these are still an important part of ceremonial life in Bali to this day. Miguel Covarrubias, a Mexican artist famous in 1920s and 30s New York City for illustrating the covers of magazines like Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, made his first trip to Bali in 1930 with his wife Rose.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Balinese Mask Carver

Watch Pak Wayan Sira carve a mask at his home in Gianyar, Bali. The Bali: Art, Ritual Performance exhibition is on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 25–September 11, 2011.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Balinese Jazz Guitar

Regarded as one of the fastest guitarist in Indonesia, I Wayan Balawan appears in a special concert performing his signature blend of traditional Balinese music with jazz. Well-known for his ability to play a double-neck guitar and his development of the touch-tapping technique, Balawan has released three albums and tours all over the world.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Balinese Dance, Costumes, Music

This video features examples of different types of Balinese dance, costumes, and music. Bali: Art, Ritual Performance was on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 25–September 11, 2011.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Balinese Cremation Ceremony

This video depicts a cremation ceremony for members of the Balinese royal family. There are dozens of steps in the Balinese cremation process which can take many months depending on the wealth and status of the deceased. Wealthy people often have extremely elaborate pavilions and other implements that are part of this process. When the body finally makes it to the cremation grounds, there is a pavilion built there under which stands an animal-shaped coffin. The shape of the coffin is related to the caste of the person who has died.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Balinese Costumes with Luh Estiti Andarawati and Maria Omo

Observe the time, love and labor that goes into the costumes and makeup required in one of the most important traditional Balinese dances, the condong (“divine nymph”). See examples of other Balinese customary ritual clothing and learn how to outfit yourself in a sarong and sash. Dancers will perform a segment of the majestic condong in their full regalia.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance Lecture

Associate Curator of Southeast Asian Art, Natasha Reichle, trains the Asian Art Museum docents on the upcoming Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance exhibition on view at the Asian Art Museum from February 25-September 11, 2011.

GRADE LEVEL: College and Beyond