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Caged in on the OutsideMoral Subjectivity, Selfhood, and Islam in Minangkabau, Indonesia$
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Gregory M. Simon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838300

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838300.001.0001

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Fashioning the Paribadi

Fashioning the Paribadi

Indirection and Spaces of the Personal

(p.122) 5 Fashioning the Paribadi
Caged in on the Outside

Gregory M. Simon

University of Hawai'i Press

In publicly obscuring potentially disruptive or troubling individual emotions, thoughts, and desires, Minangkabau people not only work to realize social integration, but also to create and protect paribadi (personal) spaces where autonomous selves can be realized and cultivated free from social and spiritual threats. The paribadi is realized, imagined, and protected in part through shared discourses and practices, including the pervasive reliance on indirection in social interaction. The paribadi is also necessarily prone to elaborate individualization as seen in stories told by Ni Saia about her autobiographical poem and Da Luko concerning his tattoos and a battle with a friend carried out through sorcery and never openly discussed. These provide illustrations of how individuals engage in self work through imagining, ordering, and finding value in paribadi things.

Keywords:   paribadi, indirection, emotions, Minangkabau, autonomy, supernatural, sorcery, self work, poetry, tattoos

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