International Journal of Social Science and Humanities
2020, Vol. 2, Issue 2
The genealogy of the roles of Uang kepeng in Balinese community
I Ketut Supir, I Wayan Sadia, I Wayan Muderawan
Uang Kepeng is a coin that originally comes from China and has been known for long time in Bali. The coin has a round shape with diameter of 5 cm and a rectangle hole in the center. The genealogy of the roles of uang kepeng in Balinese society has been studied. The study used a qualitative research method that was based on paradigm of Foucault’s genealogical theory and theory of post-modernism esthetics. The results showed that although uang kepeng is no longer used as a legal medium of exchange, it still play important roles in Balinese society life. Uang kepeng is used in various Balinese society activities, including as a medium in Hindu religious ceremonies and as cultural objects such as a tool in a game and as an amulet. Moreover, the development of tourism industry based on local culture in Bali has significant impact to the role of uang kepeng in creative industry such as a souvenir and accessories.