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The Poetics Of Grammar In The Javano-Balinese Tradition

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This chapter begins with an illustration, a rĕrajahan, a magical diagram from the Balinese tradition, one among thousands, each designed with a specific purpose in mind. Taking this image from the Balinese cultural imagination of the early twentieth century as a starting point the author hopes to trace some of the figural elements that have developed in Javano-Balinese literary and theological traditions for a period of over a millennium. These in turn should help to account for a unique economy of "sonorous" and "orthographic" modes of expressing metaphysical concerns in the Javano-Balinese tradition. One might wish in a study devoted to the "poetics of grammar" to seek within the rich literary traditions of Java and Bali in to order reveal the ways that grammar has been understood as playing a role in the mediation of spiritual forces.

Keywords: Javano-Balinese Tradition; orthographic mysticism; poetics of grammar; rĕrajahan



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