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Violence, solace, and ritual: a case study from Island Southeast Asia

George, Kenneth M.


Most headhunting traditions in island Southeast Asia link ritual violence to grief and mourning. Some of the more persuasive analyses of these practices pivot on notions of rage and catharsis, arguing that turbulent emotions motivate persons to take up cleansing acts of violence. This paper seeks a more complex understanding of how ritual may connect bereavement and violence through a look at case materials from highland Sulawesi (Indonesia). Ritual practices there suggest that the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1995
Type: Journal article
Source: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
DOI: 10.1007/BF01379413


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