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Potent LandscapesPlace and Mobility in Eastern Indonesia$
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Catherine Allerton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836320

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836320.001.0001

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The Permeable House

The Permeable House

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Potent Landscapes

Catherine Allerton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the remarks of Dutch administrator C. Nooteboom on Manggarai houses. He outlines two types of large houses—elongated, oval houses and round houses—that are “often inhabited by several dozens of families.” He notes that in many villages, the entire population is housed in one of these large structures, which are “pitch-dark in broad daylight and always stuffy by the smoke of the fires and the presence of so many people.” The house-posts of these large structures are relatively short, creating a “hotbed of germs” in the space occupied by “dogs, pigs and children” underneath. The occupants are consequently “very prone to all kinds of diseases,” since these houses are, “from a hygienic point of view,” untenable.

Keywords:   C. Nooteboom, Manggarai houses, occupants, house-posts, round houses, oval houses

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