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Film, Video Trance and Dance in Bali

About this Item


  • Trance and Dance in Bali


  • Mead, Margaret
  • Bateson, Gregory

Created / Published

  • 1951


  • -  Ethnographic films


  • Ethnographic films


  • -  Summary: A performance of the kris dance, a Balinese ceremonial dance which dramatizes the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon--the death-dealing and the life-protecting--as it is given in the village of Pagoetan in 1937-1939. Dancers go into violent trance seizures and turn their krisses (daggers) against their breasts without injury. Consciousness is restored with incense and holy water. Balinese music forms a background for Dr. Margaret Mead's narration.


  • Film, Video

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Mavis identifier: 2425201

Source Collection

  • Foerstel (Lenora) Collection (Library Of Congress)


  • Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Mead, Margaret, and Gregory Bateson. Trance and Dance in Bali. 1951. Video.

APA citation style:

Mead, M. & Bateson, G. (1951) Trance and Dance in Bali. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Mead, Margaret, and Gregory Bateson. Trance and Dance in Bali. 1951. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.