These short writing assignments assume that you will have done the reading, taken adequate notes, and fully understand the included concepts and ideas. More than simply knowledge-based recall, these short writing assignments require comprehension, synthesis, and analysis of course materials.
Based on the course readings and powerpoint slides associated with this module, write a 600 word essay that addresses one (or more) of the questions below.
Balinese cosmology/worldview is based on threes. Explain how this tripartite understanding of the universe is manifested in Balinese ritual action and belief, focusing specifically on music.
Explain how underlying concepts of Balinese music theory and musical instruments have parallels to Balinese cosmology/worldview. How do the musical systems map onto religious belief?
How do Balinese cremation ceremonies and death rituals differ from those with which you have participated? What does this say about Balinese conceptions of death compared to your own cosmology/worldview?
Describe a Balinese cremation ceremony, focusing specifically on the role of music in religious practice. What role or purpose does music serve in a Balinese cremation ceremony? What kinds of music are performed? How does music facilitate the purpose of the ritual?