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Potent landscapes: place and mobility in Eastern Indonesia

Allerton, Catherine (2013) Potent landscapes: place and mobility in Eastern Indonesia. University Of Hawai'i Press, Hawaii. ISBN 9780824836320

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Abstract

The Manggarai people of eastern Indonesia believe their land can talk, that its appetite demands sacrificial ritual, and that its energy can kill as well as nurture. They tell their children to avoid certain streams and fields and view unusual environmental events as omens of misfortune. Yet, far from being preoccupied with the dangers of this animate landscape, Manggarai people strive to make places and pathways “lively,” re-traveling routes between houses and villages and highlighting the advantages of mobility. Through everyday and ritual activities that emphasize “liveliness,” the land gains a further potency: the power to evoke memories of birth, death, and marriage, to influence human health and fertility.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/
Additional Information: © 2012 University Of Hawai'i Press
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2012 09:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41065/

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