Ngarap: fighting over a corpse

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1973 / 17 minutes

Directed by
Anthony Forge
Anthropologist
Country of production
Australia
Series
ANU, Indonesia Series

In 1993, Anthony Forge filmed the cremation of an older woman from an affluent ‘commoner’ family. As her body was moved from her family compound to the cremation tower, men of the ward seized the body and began to fight over it, as was traditional in that part of Bali. Forge juxtaposes his recording of this event with Gregory Bateson’s 1937 footage of a ngarap and footage of Balinese paintings. The video is based on an unfinished version Forge was working on with Patsy Asch before his death.

Location(s) depicted
Bali
Region
South-East Asia
Country
Indonesia
Keywords
Death Ritual Art / Artists / Artisans Archival material / Museum displays