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Potent Landscapes: Place and Mobility in Eastern Indonesia

Catherine Allerton


The Manggarai people of eastern Indonesia believe their land can talk, that its appetite demands sacrificial ritual, and that its energy can kill as well as nurture. They tell their children to avoid certain streams and fields and view unusual environmental events as omens of misfortune. Yet, far from being preoccupied with the dangers of this animate landscape, Manggarai people strive to make places and pathways “lively,” re-traveling routes between houses and villages and highlighting the advantages of mobility. Through everyday and ritual activities that emphasize liveliness,” the land gain ... More

Keywords: Manggarai, eastern Indonesia, landscape, mobility, human–environment interaction, postcolonial Indonesia, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836320
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Allerton, author
London School of Economics