It is fatally easy to fit the Balinese state to one or another of these familiar models, or to all of them at once… Yet to reduce [it] to such tired commonplaces, the worn coin of European ideological debate, is to allow most of what is most interesting about it to escape from view. Whatever intelligence it may have to offer us about the nature of politics, it can hardly be that big fish eat little fish, or that the rags of virtue mask the engines of privilege.  — Clifford Geertz

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