In this book some 24 life cycle rituals in the village of Sembiran, as practiced between 2000-2005, are documented in the Indonesian language Ð only the 13-page conclusion is written in German. In this way, continuous transformations in this culture are shown. They take place in the networks of family, village, and supernatural beings. In the conclusion the authors state that rapid modernizing change takes place in this village Ð as opposed to other villages, such as the neighboring village of Julah. The life cycle rituals are cyclically conceived, stretching over more than one incarnation Ð their purpose is purificatory, and as in Hinduism the goal is escaping from the cycles of life and death.