NO FEAST IS COMPLETE IN BALI without music and elaborate dramatic and dance performances; no one would dream of getting married, or holding a cremation, or even of celebrating a child's birthday, without engaging troupes of dancers and actors to entertain the guests and the neighbours. During the anniversary feasts of the temple there are always dances that last throughout the night and may even continue for days, with a different type of show every afternoon and night. At the great feastof Taman Badung, the death temple of Den Pasar, there were shows every night for an entire month.
Balinese love night-life and it was rare when after. ten at night someone
did not come to us with news of a show somewhere, or when we did not hear
distant music in the village. We became such enthusiastic tbeatre-goers
that we had, sometimes, to make a point of staying home to catch up with
lost sleep. Even the tired peasant who Works all day in the fields does
not mind staying up at night to watch a show, and the little children who
invariably make up the front rows of the audience remain there until dawn
for the end, occasionally huddled together taking naps, but wide awake for
the exciting episodes of the play.
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