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In the 1930s new creations and adaptations of traditional art forms of all kinds were devised in response to the tastes of the tourist market. The art shop came into being at this time, and objects previously made to order by craftsmen were now mass produced for sale to foreigners.

Copies of sacred objects were much in demand and were provided in quantity for sale. A similar process occurred in the dance. New composite genres were developed to answer the need for an easily-understood, fast-moving, hour-long performance which did not require the use of actual sacralia.

These 'imitation' traditional forms have taken on a life and place of their own in the spectrum of Balinese performance and have been to some extent authenticated through constant repetition.

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