Islands Inbetween Side B

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Watermark
Temple Gamelan
Frog Sound
Degung instrumental no. 2
Ducks
Tenun
Anjung

'Watermark' - nightfall by a bridge near the Monkey Forest, Ubud. 'One Language' - there are c. 300 different languages and dialects in Indonesia. After independence in 1945, Bahasa Indonesian became the universally accepted language, though its use had already been encouraged by Nationalists as a political tool against the Dutch colonisers, and sanctioned by Japanese invaders who wished to spread propaganda to the villagers. 'Temple Gamelan' - musicians play while women bring ornately prepared offerings to the temple shrines on auspicious days of the Hindu calendar. Spirits and demons cannot live without food and drink, so the women fan the essence towards the divine recipient before offerings are placed on the ground to waiting dogs. Smaller offerings made daily, are left at strategic points around the house and alongside the ricefields. 'Frog Sound' - the sound comes from the reed mouthpiece of the genggong harp. Played by Togog and his son. 'Ducks' - every morning young boys and old men direct the family ducks out of their pens and along narrow paths into ricefields that are wet enough to paddle in. 'Tenun' - the Balinese weaving dance depicting women working at this traditional craft. 'Anjung' - the name given to the hordes of semi-wild dogs that roam Bali's villages, barking instinctively at any approaching white man. 'Garuda' - Indonesia's national symbol is the Garuda bird. Vishnu's chosen vehicle and thus the king of flight associated with creative energy. Garuda is a dominant motif in Indonesian art, the name of the national airline and the seal of the official state coat of arms, beneath which appears the words 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika' - literally 'many are there but there is only one'.

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from Islands Inbetween, released January 1, 2012

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