Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Made (Ma-day) #2 child

I have seen Made many times on my beach walks. I was surprised when he came and sat for us in life drawing on Saturday. He spoke no English and seemed a little nervous—who wouldn't be with seven Bule staring at you. He sat very still and let us draw his wonderful face.

The Balinese believe that a persons name is very important and can affect a child's life. Their naming system involves factors such as caste, clan, birth order, sex of the child and parents choice. Here is the short version.
First child—Gede, Wayan or Putu
Second child—Made, Kadek or Nengah
Third child—Nyoman or Komang
Fourth child—Ketut
And then they start all over again. So number #5 child in the family may also be named Wayan. We have met many people with all these names. One Balinese said since modern families are getting smaller, Bali may one day be a country of just Wayan's and Made's. That cracked me up!

I'm not sure if Made in the above drawing is #2, #6 or #10...

11 comments:

winna said...

All fascinating sketches and your background expirmentations are to be commended--I do that , too but haven't for awhile--alterd arts always interest me. To read about the dog and the names was my 'learn something new' everyday episode I think ...very good work!!

caseytoussaint said...

What a beautiful contour drawing.

Sandy said...

What a Wonderful face - full of character and Life. And I will happily send you some Christmas cookies ;-) - address??

Sandy said...

and PS - facinating naming system.

Owen said...

I love this drawing. Just looking at him I feel a gentleness. Lovely lines.

Barbara Weeks said...

This is an absolutely beautiful drawing!

A Brush with Color said...

Wow--that's beautiful!

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A Brush with Color said...

I had to come see Made again--that is simply beautiful, Laura.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

this is a beautiful drawing! You've captures so much character with so few lines!
Ronell

Ann said...

Strikingly beautiful drawing! I am enjoying all of your Bali sketches, every post is fascinating.

Lucie said...

What a wonderful portrait!