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Affinities and Extremes

Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure

Affinities and Extremes

Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure

Examining representations of Balinese culture in complex contexts of Indonesia’s colonial history, Hindu ritual practice as opposed to Islam, and comparative Indo-European hierarchies, Boon offers a powerful critique of doctrinal approaches to culture, religion, literature, politics, and the history of ideas and disciplines.

264 pages | 6 halftones | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1990

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Asian Studies: South Asia

History: Asian History

Table of Contents

Prelude
Acknowledgments
1. Early Indonesian Studies: Birds, Words, and Orangutans; or Divinity, Degeneracy, and Discourse
2. Colonialist Countertypes: Emblazoning Bali versus Rejang and Java; or Representations and Ambivalence
3. Alliterative Interlude: Entexted Ethnology, Hybrid History, Basics of Baliology, Ritual-cum-Rhetoric
4. Siwaic Semiotics: Allegorical Machineries, Spatial Desituations, Polycosmology, Parodic Performance
5. Twice-Born Twins Times Two: Legendary Marriage Structures and Gender in Hierarchic versus Asymmetric Houses
6. Indo-European Affinities: Ritual-rhetorics of "Love" Across Courtly Cultures, Contexts, and Times
7. Oppositionally Hindoo: Heterodoxies and Reformisms Dispersed
Concluding Destinations: Tantric Fragments, Extremest Extremes
Postlude; Mead’s Mediations—Some Separations from the Sepik, by way of Bateson, on to Bali, . . . and Beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 

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