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Dark Trembling: Ethnographic Notes on Secrecy and Concealment in Highland Sulawesi

George, Kenneth M.


This ethnographic commentary explores the role of secrecy and concealment in a minority religious community in highland Sulawesi (Indonesia), and their place in the construction of ethnographic discourse. Discussion shows how a "culture of concealment" has emerged as a practical and realistic response to encroaching ideologies and social formations since the pre-colonial era. At the same time, the political use of secrecy takes its idioms from ritual practice, a site in which concealment...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1993-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Anthropological Quarterly
DOI: 10.2307/3318066


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