Ritual Burdens

A Balinese woman’s ceremonial obligations trigger her bipolar disorder (25 min)


Ritual Burdens focuses on Ni Ketut Kasih, whose life is surrounded by the complex rhythms of the Balinese ritual calendar. While she has gained status as a respected ceremonial leader, the pressures of these ritual obligations often overwhelm her, crowd her mind with memories of her difficult childhood, and trigger bipolar episodes–for which she has been hospitalized over 35 times.

Ritual Burdens demonstrates how communal spiritual obligations, traumatic historical events, and personal experience overlap in unique schemas of stress that can bring about cyclical episodes of mental illness.



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