• History of Bali

  • A Captivating Guide to Balinese History and the Impact This Island Has Had on the History of Indonesia and Southeast Asia
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Jason Zenobia
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Discover the magic of the Indonesian island of Bali in this captivating book on its history, from the origins of Bali’s geological formation until modern times.

Bali is known as “the Island of the Gods”, with its tens of thousands of temples and shrines dating back more than a millennium to the exotic Indianized empires of Java that influenced Bali greatly. Although it bore witness to the ancient Maritime Silk Road of Southeast Asia, Bali mysteriously avoided complete domination by ocean traders and European colonizers until as late as the 20th century.

Bali is visited today by millions of international tourists, not only for its magnificent beaches and lush, tropical scenery but also as a living monument of an ancient cultural past. The Balinese of today adhere faithfully to the unique Balinese Hinduism of their island paradise and continue following traditions and art forms that were brought to its shores by their ancestors thousands of years ago.

In this audiobook, you will learn:

  • How the island of Bali was home to paleolithic humankind
  • Why Bali’s Asian biodiversity and rich, fertile soils are not found on the neighboring islands
  • What makes up the unique human heritage of indigenous Balinese
  • How the island retained its endemic Balinese Hinduism despite 1,300 years of Muslim influence
  • From where and from whom the Balinese learned their abundant skills in metalworking, crafting, sculpture, and art
  • How art and ritual offerings form the basis of Balinese life, from where the island draws its name
  • Insight into the Balinese pride in being the true ancestors of the collapsed Javanese Indianized Majapahit Empire
  • How this gentle, peaceful island consistently evaded total domination by foreign powers and curiously repelled colonialists for much of its history

Buy this audiobook now to learn more about the history of Bali!

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Brief.

Would have enjoyed more detail of the culture, especially 19th and 29th century as I’m reading up for a trip there.

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Excellent!! intro to Bali

This book is a perfect introduction to Bali, Indonesia. It stays brief and covers many aspects from history of land occupations, cultural origins, the philosophy, and natural phenomenon. Very quick at only 3hr43 mins. If interested in the complexities of the Island of Spirits and desire a quick and easy intro, this is the one! Highly recommended.

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who knew that such a small island could have so much history. this was a very good book.

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Small Country Large History

For a small country Bali has a rich history. Is there any where the Dutch did not try to take over. Fascinating how much has happened would love to visit there one day. Good read!

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  • 11-26-21

A good summary of Bali's history.

A clear and good summary of Bali's history and a good jumping off point to delve deeper.
A slight correction: Megawati Sukarnoputri is the daughter of Sukarno not Suharto.

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  • 07-17-22

problematic pronunciations

Good history, but the butchering of Indonesian words and names (a quick search would have shown that 'c' should be produced 'ch'), and even of some names common in English (Malay, Celebes) made it difficult to listen to.

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  • 07-27-21

Interesting overview on historic Bali

Overall a great book on the history of Bali. only thing I would suggest in future revisions is the pronunciation of Indonesian/Bali names to be fixed and the one mistake when Suharto was mentioned but it should have read Sukarno. Thanks for the interesting subject matter!

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