Bulletproof Equations

Preliminary Investigation Into The Possible Origins of Agimat Burmese Yantra Jacket, vegetable ink on cotton, date unknown, Collection: Herbert Johnson Museum. Photo: Author In his memoirs, Benedict Anderson (1936-2015) recalls a story from Soemarsaid Moertono (1922-1987), his Indonesian fellow student in the mid-1960s who showed him drafts of his MA thesis on aspects of traditional… Continue reading Bulletproof Equations

Marriage (Mas Ruscitadewi, 1995)

Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from the Baratayuda (Great Battle) from the Mahabharata, Ink and pigments on handwoven cotton cloth 18th-early 19th century, 39 3/8 × 276 3/4 inches (100 × 703 cm). Donated originally by Claire Holt and Ben Anderson and transferred from the Echols Collection at Cornell University's Kroch Library. Photo: Collection of… Continue reading Marriage (Mas Ruscitadewi, 1995)

Nang Nak (dir. Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999)

Inthira Charoenpura and Winai Kraibutr in Nang Nak (1999) Photo: IMDB.com Nak’s glorious appearance on the world stage made it “possible to 'think' the nation”[1] and to perceive the present as a continuation of a historical past. Nang Nak was among the first blockbuster ghost films to circulate in Southeast Asia at the turn of… Continue reading Nang Nak (dir. Nonzee Nimibutr, 1999)