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Kecak was originally a trance ritual accompanied by a male chorus. But in the 1930s the German painter and musician Walter Spies became deeply interested in the ritual while living in Bali in the 1930s and worked to recreate it into a drama, based on the Hindu Ramayana and including dance, intended to be presented to Western tourist audiences. This transformation is an example of what James Clifford describes as part of the "modern art-culture system"[2] in which, "the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making 'art' which was once embedded in the culture as a whole, into a separate entity."
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  • Copyright: Tempo Dulu (Tempodulu) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 14] (168)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-10-29
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Exposure: f/4.2, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-03-11 20:32
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