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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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Roots and Mobility

Roots and Mobility

(p.151) 6 Roots and Mobility
Potent Landscapes

Catherine Allerton

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the everyday and temporal acts of travel from Wae Rebo to Kombo that continue to normalize the condition of living in two villages. It presents the case of an unmarried woman named Tanta Tin who relies on such journeys for her small business of refilling bottles of paraffin for the villagers. Travels and paths are central to the process of Manggarai marriage, yet mobility also plays a wider role beyond marriage journeys in constituting the lived-in environment. Both mythical and everyday journeys create a dynamic network of places and pathways, and necessitate various protective measures or ritual acknowledgments.

Keywords:   Wae Rebo, Kombo, Tanta Tin, mobility, travel, paths, Manggarai marriage, lived-in environment

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