Ritual retellings : Luangan healing performances through practice / Isabell Herrmans.
- New York : Berghahn Books, 2015.
- Epistemologies of healing ; volume 16
ix, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
- Dayak (Bornean people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Healing -- Indonesia -- Kalimantan.
Traditional medicine -- Indonesia -- Kalimantan.
Ethnology -- Indonesia -- Kalimantan.
- "Belianis an exceptionally lively tradition of shamanistic curing rituals performed by the Luangans, a politically marginalized population of Indonesian Borneo. This volume explores the significance of these rituals in practice and asks what belian rituals do - socially, politically, and existentially - for particular people in particular circumstances. Departing from the conception that rituals exist as ethereal, liminal or insulated traditional domains, this volume demonstrates the importance of understanding rituals as emergent within their specific historical and social settings. It offers an analysis of a number of concrete ritual performances, exemplifying a diversity of ritual genres, stylistic modalities and sensual ambiences, from low-key, habitual affairs to drawn-out, crowd-seizing community rituals and innovative, montage-like cultural experiments"-- Provided by publisher.
- Luangan lives : the order and disorder of improvisation and practice
Making tactile : ganti diri figures and the magic of concreteness
The uncertainty of spirit negotiation
So that steam rises : ritual bathing as depersonalization
It comes down to one origin : reenacting mythology and the human-spirit relationship in ritual.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9781782385646 (hardback)
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