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The Resource Paths and rivers : Sa'dan Toraja society in transformation, Roxana Waterson, (electronic book)

Paths and rivers : Sa'dan Toraja society in transformation, Roxana Waterson, (electronic book)

Label
Paths and rivers : Sa'dan Toraja society in transformation
Title
Paths and rivers
Title remainder
Sa'dan Toraja society in transformation
Statement of responsibility
Roxana Waterson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Fieldwork extending over a thirty-year period provided materials for this book. Paths and Rivers offers an unusually deep and broad picture of the Sa'dan Toraja as a society in dynamic transition over the course of the past century. The Toraja inhabit the mountainous highlands of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and are well known for their dramatic architecture, their unusual cliff burials, and their flamboyant ceremonial life, which places extraordinary economic demands on individuals and families. The analysis is informed, firstly, by a comparative perspective which sets Toraja social structure in the context of the Austronesian world. Secondly, the author delves deeply into Toraja social memory to show how people think about the past. She examines the usefulness of history and myth in the present as a source of identity, a template for action, or a resource by means of which to claim precedence. The book gives a clear picture of the structure and ethos of the indigenous Toraja religion, the Aluk To Dolo or 'Way of the Ancestors', with its complex cycle of rituals. The book concludes with an analysis of the ceremonial economy, which draws upon both domestic subsistence production and the global market economy. Paths and Rivers draws together a fascinating picture of one society's journey into modernity. Roxana Waterson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. She is also the author of The living house: an anthropology of architecture in Southeast Asia (3rd ed., Thames and Hudson, 1997) and Southeast Asian lives: Personal narratives and historical experience (Singapore University Press/Ohio University Press, 2007)
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Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waterson, Roxana
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
DS632.T7
LC item number
W377 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
Series statement
Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde
Series volume
253
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Toraja (Indonesian people)
  • Toraja (Indonesian people)
  • Ethnology
  • Social evolution
Label
Paths and rivers : Sa'dan Toraja society in transformation, Roxana Waterson, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [475]-498) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10745960
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xxxii, 510 p.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Isbn
9789067183079
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps, ports.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Paths and rivers : Sa'dan Toraja society in transformation, Roxana Waterson, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [475]-498) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10745960
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xxxii, 510 p.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Isbn
9789067183079
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps, ports.
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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