By Jeff Lewis
The terrorist assaults of 2002 and 2005 are the apex of a profound and deep-rooted trouble that has emerged in the course of the interval of Bali's modernization and its engagement with international tourism and the economic system of enjoyment. Bali's Silent drawback documents the demanding situations and horrors linked to transition, in addition to the ambitious attractiveness that continues to be intrinsic to the island's experience of cultural future.
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In this context, the annexation of Bali was quickly identified as an important supplement to the colonial economy, adding a new income stream to the colonial coffers. Of growing significance, the aesthetic of the island created the potential for a tourism trade which marshaled an equally important component of imperialism—the sexuality and libidinal power of the conquerors over the conquered. While this quality is often sublimated in discussions of colonialism, it is very clear that the administration of Bali was infused by a profound sexual imperative which was linked to Romanticism, Social Darwinism, and the invocation of desire in pure nature.
The language of preservation, that is, became a critical component, not only of social management, but of a new mode of commercialization and trade in human culture. Temple of Doom 23 In either case, the preservation of rituals and relics on the island was a matter of priority for the Dutch. This led to an ossification of the caste system, as well as the preservation of relics and cultural landscapes which would normally have atrophied and been rejuvenated through new cultural forms and ideas. It had long been the practice in both Java and Bali to allow old temples and sacred sites to crumble over time and to reappropriate residues and surviving relics from the decay for reuse in other temples or sites.
The Dutch had brought modern medicines into the Netherlands Indies, and increasing infant survival rates had produced a population boom. Without modern industries to absorb the labor, the increasing population was forced to survive on a diminishing per capita land resource and hence agricultural yield. Not surprisingly, the landholders were 30 Chapter 1 reluctant to surrender any economic advantage to the growing peasant hordes. The situation was rendered even more severe in 1963 when Gunung Agung erupted, killing over 1,500 people and destroying 63,000 hectares of prime, arable land.
Bali's Silent Crisis: Desire, Tragedy, and Transition by Jeff Lewis