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Feasting in Southeast Asia$
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Brian Hayden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824856267

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824856267.001.0001

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The Fundamentals of Feasts

The Fundamentals of Feasts

(p.1) 1 The Fundamentals of Feasts
Feasting in Southeast Asia

Brian Hayden

University of Hawai'i Press

This introduction discusses why feasts are important to study for both archaeologists and ethnographers, especially at the transegalitarian level. It sets out the major concepts of transegalitarian societies, aggrandizers, feast definitions, feast types, functions and benefits of feasts, and feasting characteristics. It reviews some of the major works previously published that discuss traditional feasting in Southeast Asia. Explanations of feasts from different theoretical schools are presented together with the political ecology framework used in this study. Important issues are highlighted and methods used in original fieldwork are presented.

Keywords:   theory, methods, definitions, typology, aggrandizers, transegalitarian, costs and benefits

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