Ida Bagus Made Jatasura, active 1932 - 1948, 29 works
Djatasura was Bateson and Mead's favourite artist. He was one of the artists filmed at work during the research period of Bateson and Mead. He often visited Spies and Bonnet and showed them his works for their criticism. there are nineteen pictures by him in the Bateson-Mead Commission. (H. Geertz 1994: 105)
Leading Batuan teacher and artist.
Djatasura spoke Malay, despite not receiving any formal education, and had worked on a coffee plantation. Together with Ngendon, Jatasura joined the nationalist guerilla combat against the Dutch after WWII, and was subsequently captured and died in prison. This account from Geertz, confirmed by Indonesian sources) is contested by Hohn, who notes that Jatasura reported to authorities on his own free will. He was then badly beaten, and upon his release to Batuan, had a large wound to his head. He then died after he had been transported to Gianyar, having been tortured again by authorities in Batuan (Hohn 1997: 88). Hohn lists Jatasura's birth year as 1913 (1997: 88). Some sources list 1947 as his year of death.
B147 Ritual: Nguyeg--grinding to powder the ashes of the cremated body before ngirim, sending off the soul.