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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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(p.178) Conclusion
Potent Landscapes

Catherine Allerton

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter narrates how the Wae Rebo inhabitants had rebuilt their communal drum house with a series of rituals. The first ritual required elders to place a chain saw at the base of a central house-post to request permission from spirits, or “those who are the owners of the trees” to fell timbers in the forest. Afterward, the ritual speaker called for chicken sacrifices in the village. These acts including others that followed during the rebuilding have brought together many of the themes of this book; such as: place making, practices of hospitality, the creation of centers for rituals, and communal gatherings.

Keywords:   Wae Rebo inhabitants, Wae Rebo, rituals, central house-post, communal gatherings, place making, hospitality

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