Balinese name

Balinese name

The Balinese name is a naming system used by the Balinese people of Bali, Indonesia and neighboring Lombok, Indonesia. Regardless of being male or female, each person receives one of four names based on birth order. Though there are significant variations in the four names of Balinese people, mostly due to caste membership, there are precisely four names in Balinese culture that are repeated endlessly. The firstborn is "Wayan" (or Yan, for short), second is "Made," third is "Nyoman" (Man for short), and fourth is "Ketut" (often elided to Tut). (The vowels are pronounced similarly as in Spanish or Italian). Balinese names are rendered into Roman script by the Romanization of the Indonesian language. The spelling to pronunciation relationship is said to be "perfect" because the spelling of words was revised significantly in the 70's and/or 80's (and even more recently).

The first born is Wayan, and if there is a fifth child, he/she is often called Wayan Balik (or Wayan "again"). Of course, Balinese children/people are given other names, including a new "name" after death. However, it is important to realize that by and large, everyone does use these birth order names to refer to each other, and to call each other constantly throughout the day. "Given" names may be chosen due to, for example, the influence of popular culture or politics. Like some other Indonesian cultures, Balinese do not use family names.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Balinese Room — Infobox nrhp name = Balinese Room nrhp type = caption = The Balinese Room in 2006 location = 2107 Seawall Blvd Galveston, Texas nearest city = lat degrees = | lat minutes = | lat seconds = lat direction = | long degrees = | long minutes = long… …   Wikipedia

  • Balinese (cat) — Infobox Catbreed name = Balinese imagecaption = A lilac point Balinese. country = United States cfastd = acfastd = ccastd = http://cca… …   Wikipedia

  • Balinese language — language name=Balinese nativename=Basa Bali region=Bali, Nusa Penida, Lombok and Java, Indonesia speakers=3.9 million (as of 2001) familycolor=Austronesian fam2=Malayo Polynesian fam3=Nuclear Malayo Polynesan fam4=Sunda Sulawesi fam5=Bali Sasak… …   Wikipedia

  • Balinese script — Infobox Writing system name = Balinese type = Abugida languages =Balinese fam1 = Proto Canaanite alphabet fam2 = Phoenician alphabet fam3 = Aramaic alphabet fam4 = Brāhmī fam5 = Pallava fam6 = Old Kawi sisters= Batak Baybayin Buhid Hanunó o… …   Wikipedia

  • Name — For other uses, see Name (disambiguation). Ceremonies, such as baptism, can be used to give names. A name is a word or term used for identification. Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a …   Wikipedia

  • Given name — A given name, in Western contexts often referred to as a first name, is a personal name that specifies and differentiates between members of a group of individuals, especially in a family, all of whose members usually share the same family name… …   Wikipedia

  • A Balinese Trance Seance — is a documentary film by ethnographic filmmaker Tim Asch that profiles Jero Tapakan, a Balinese spirit medium.Infobox Film name = A Balinese Trance Seance image size = caption = director = Tim Asch producer = writer = narrator = starring = music …   Wikipedia

  • Chinese name — Personal names in Chinese culture follow a number of conventions different from those of personal names in Western cultures. Most noticeably, a Chinese name is written with the family name first and the given name next, therefore John Paul Smith… …   Wikipedia

  • Japanese name — Yamada Tarō (山田太郎), a stereotypical Japanese name (male), equivalent to John Smith in English. Jane Smith would be Yamada Hanako (山田花子). Japanese names ( …   Wikipedia

  • Arabic name — The tughra (stylized signature) of Mahmud II of the Ottoman Empire. Influenced by Arabic culture, Ottoman rulers had stylized their names in the Arabic way, as depicted in this signature. Long ago, Arabic names were based on a long naming system; …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.