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The Nature and Culture of RattanReflections on Vanishing Life in the Forests of Southeast Asia$
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Stephen F. Siebert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835361

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835361.001.0001

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Rattan, Religion, and Family Planning

Rattan, Religion, and Family Planning

(p.102) Chapter 11 Rattan, Religion, and Family Planning
The Nature and Culture of Rattan

Stephen F. Siebert

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, the author discusses the relevance of religion and family planning to rattan collectors, traders, and artisans in Southeast Asia. The author shares what farmers and rattan collectors think of religion and birth control based on his conversations with them. He says most of the rattan collectors and artisans he encountered maintained nonjudgmental respect for religious beliefs differing from their own. In Moa, for example, villagers expressed the desire to simply be allowed to pursue their beliefs in peace. He also talks about the attitudes of rattan collectors and artisans toward Jews and Judaism as well as homosexuality. The author concludes that the role of population growth, particularly among poor households, in the conversion of tropical forests has been overemphasized.

Keywords:   religion, family planning, rattan collectors, birth control, religious beliefs, Jews, Judaism, homosexuality, population growth, tropical forests

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