Film, Video Trance and Dance in Bali

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Trance and Dance in Bali
Contributor Names
Mead, Margaret
Bateson, Gregory
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Ethnographic films
Ethnographic films
-  Summary: A performance of the kris dance, a Balinese ceremonial dance which dramatizes the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon--the death-dealing and the life-protecting--as it is given in the village of Pagoetan in 1937-1939. Dancers go into violent trance seizures and turn their krisses (daggers) against their breasts without injury. Consciousness is restored with incense and holy water. Balinese music forms a background for Dr. Margaret Mead's narration.
Film, Video
Call Number/Physical Location
Mavis identifier: 2425201
Source Collection
Foerstel (Lenora) Collection (Library Of Congress)
Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division
Online Format

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Mead, Margaret, and Gregory Bateson. Trance and Dance in Bali. 1951. Video.

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Mead, Margaret, and Gregory Bateson. Trance and Dance in Bali. 1951. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.