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Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Barley, Nigel
the Dowayo people of North Cameroon.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 2870-2870 | Added on Saturday, 23 November 13 19:46:40
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Dutchmen keep coming and telling us we are crazy to spend all our money on buffalo to kill. You are the same with your houses. Houses are important to us too but we would never spend that much.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 2594-2595 | Added on Saturday, 23 November 13 03:09:12
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If one is present at a festival of life, it will be morning, people will be facing east, wearing light clothes and so on. If it is a festival of death it will be past noon, people will be facing west, clad in black, etc., etc. Such classifications can be seen to be active in the most minor and seemingly irrational acts ? a hidden structure lying behind the apparent chaos of another culture. Unfortunately, it never quite seems to work.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 2638-2641 | Added on Saturday, 23 November 13 09:56:17
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In form it is like a Torajan house except that it normally faces south rather than north. It is much more than merely a place to store food. It is also important for the spirits that control the fertility of the rice.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 2633-2634 | Added on Saturday, 23 November 13 09:55:51
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Miraculously, no one was hurt but the clutch had been torn out from under the vehicle. This being Indonesia, however, it was not a matter of two weeks in a garage. The driver calmly sat down, lit a fire and reforged the damaged parts so that within two hours we were off again.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 2245-2247 | Added on Friday, 22 November 13 19:40:55
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For a Westerner, life in Indonesia is a series of blows to the head. The whole country is built on the assumption that you are not more that five foot six tall. The only time I really hated Indonesians was after a particularly hard crack on the head. As the mist of pain cleared, you would open your eyes to see a group of ecstatically happy brown faces laughing at you. Someone would usually explain that you had hit your head because you were too tall.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1733-1736 | Added on Thursday, 21 November 13 17:14:18
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lintel to the considerable pleasure of onlookers. For a Westerner, life in Indonesia is a series of blows to the head. The whole country is built on the assumption that you are not more that five foot six tall.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1732-1734 | Added on Thursday, 21 November 13 17:13:56
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Once again people came from the kitchen to look at this strange man ? strange not because I was white but because I had asked for coffee without sugar.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1694-1695 | Added on Thursday, 21 November 13 17:03:09
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No. Tomorrow I go to a funeral.? He seemed visibly cheered at the prospect. ?Hey, why don?t you come too?? ?A funeral? Wouldn?t people mind?? He laughed. ?No. The more visitors, the more honour. We go together. I don?t want to go to the hotel. I might see the boss. You come here tomorrow at eight. We find a truck together. It?s polite to wear something black.?
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1408-1411 | Added on Tuesday, 19 November 13 02:44:06
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I received an impromptu introduction to the various kinds of wine. We tried highland and lowland, the sort with red tree bark, fresh and day-old. It was an excellent frothy brew. It is perhaps the strongest argument yet advanced for the existence of a benevolent deity that you can prod a palm-tree with a knife and extract a wholesome and heady brew, palm-wine, as sap. The sugar of the sap is fermented by natural yeasts. The older the brew, the less sugar, the more alcohol. Unless tampered with, it is extremely pure, having been filtered through the entire length of the tree-trunk. Its only disadvantage is a strong laxative effect.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1353-1357 | Added on Tuesday, 19 November 13 02:40:06
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One of the most useful accessories of the anthropological trade is a picture to be carried in one?s wallet. It depicts a blonde, heavy-breasted woman whose dress is simultaneously decorous yet suggestive of vast charms.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1052-1054 | Added on Sunday, 17 November 13 15:50:47
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I have known Indonesians in Europe terrified to go home even for a short visit on the grounds that they would be kidnapped and find themselves wed overnight.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 1051-1052 | Added on Sunday, 17 November 13 15:50:33
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It is always slightly shocking to be in a country where Christianity is regarded as a serious religion and not a mere euphemism for godlessness.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 533-534 | Added on Saturday, 16 November 13 04:03:49
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I thought of some children I had once known in Cameroon who had learned Norwegian in the hope that it would open up to them a new world of communication.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 947-948 | Added on Saturday, 16 November 13 06:47:34
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From the outside, a language always looks like an implausible fiction.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 289-289 | Added on Friday, 15 November 13 01:20:04
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From the outside, a language always looks like an implausible fiction. The official paused, frowned and then broke into a huge grin.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 289-290 | Added on Friday, 15 November 13 01:19:41
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The English spoken is extraordinary. In this polyglot mix of Chinese, Indians and Malays, some people seem to have ended up with no first language at all.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 214-215 | Added on Friday, 15 November 13 01:13:41
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There was a time when anthropologists explained virtually everything, from the Russian Revolution to the frequency of divorce, with reference to child-bearing practices. Of course, this style was more popular in America than Britain where it was treated as a typically American unnecessary ingenuity. As a student, I had been encouraged to mock the rage induced by swaddling or the insecurity attributed to harsh toilet training. Somehow, one felt, Indonesians had read all those books and believed them. From a very early age, children are comforted with a heavy, inert, cylindrical pillow known as a Dutch wife. If children are fractious or fretful, they are draped around such a pillow and encouraged to hug it until they fall asleep. Young men, especially, are expected to snuggle up to such chaste bedfellows until marriage. Presumably, spouses then sleep tightly intertwined as pillow substitutes. The result is that Indonesians with nothing to hug are as pipe-smokers with nothing in their mouths, restless and inattentive. On the streets, one sees them talking, and while talking they embrace lamp-posts, the corners of brick walls, the wings of their cars, each other. They are left with a definite need to hug. As soon as the bus was under way, passengers began to intertwine and fall asleep. Like the pile of cousins, or a basket of puppies, they wrapped their legs round each other and settled heads on each others? chests. Apparent strangers negotiated licences to hug in the interests of sleep. The Frenchman and I sat stonily apart, watchful lest our knees touch.
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 467-479 | Added on Friday, 15 November 13 10:23:07
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He had also tried hard to forbid the importation of cewek unless evidence of matrimony was produced. However, the slippery English terminology for this difficult area had evaded him. It read, ?It is forbidden to enter women except via their husbands.?
Toraja: Misadventures of a Social Anthropologist in Sulawesi, Indonesia - Barley, Nigel - Your Highlight Location 366-367 | Added on Friday, 15 November 13 10:07:04
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