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Ref ID: 23540
Ref Type: Book Section
Authors: Ferdinandus, Peter
Title: Ancient Javanese musical instruments: Origin and development
Date: 1998
Source: Southeast Asian Archaeology 1994: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archeologists
Place of Publication: Hull
Publisher: Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull
Abstract: This paper will concentrate on musical instruments. In Java and Bali, some musical instruments practiced today can be traced to their prototype, at least in the Ancient Java period. A reconstruction of certain musical instruments of Ancient Java may be referring to stone or metal inscriptions, reliefs and manuscripts. However the discussion of a traditional music culture in Java and Bali can hardly be separated from the history of the ancient migratory waves, their religion and the Hindu culture influences. The ancient migrant brought their own musical instruments. Religions might have been the basis for the musical theory. With the influence of the Hindu culture we face another question: what forces form a musical culture and lead it from a prehistory stage to the Ancient Java level? There are two such forces: influence from outside (diffusion) and change within.
Date Created: 10/21/2009
Editors: Manguin, Pierre-Yves
Volume: 2
Page Start: 181
Page End: 188