Item description for Powers of Blessing from the Wilderness and from Heaven: Structure and Transformations in the Religion of the Toraja in the Mamasa Area of South Sulawesi (Verhandelingen) by Kees Buijs...
Women run screaming from their village at night, leaving all their clothes behind - possessed by spirits of the wilderness, they climb up a banana tree. It is but one of the fascinating rituals of the Toraja people described in this study.
The Toraja people live in the mountainous region of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their religion is an ancient one predating the Hindu and Buddhist religions that arrived in Indonesia some 1,500 years ago. It is marked by a dualism in male and female elements, a characteristic of rituals still remembered by elders in the western Toraja region, Mamasa. Three rituals, the headhunting, fertility, and tree-climb rites, are dealt with in detail, while the marriage, childbirth, and mortuary rituals point to a shift in Toraja beliefs. Where once both earth and celestial deities were expected to bless ritual participants, the Toraja, influenced by developments in their physical environment, now devote their attention to the deities of the heavens, while those of the earth are disappearing.
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Studio: Kitlv Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2007
Publisher Kitlv Press
ISBN 9067182702 ISBN13 9789067182706
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