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Lyric, History, and Allegory, or the End of Headhunting Ritual in Highland Sulawesi

George, Kenneth M.


This article explores how a minority religious community in highland Sulawesi, Indonesia, brings meaning, history, and polity into being through the lyric discourse of headhunting ritual. The discussion shows how divergent interpretations of a single song work as tactical modes of understanding, as ways to “read with the polity.” In one case, a villager reads the lyrics in such a way as to link the ritual headhunt to the intercultural tensions of the past. In another case, however, a villager...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1993-11
Type: Journal article
Source: American Ethnologist
DOI: 10.1525/ae.1993.20.4.02a00020


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