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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 Sumban Megalithic Feasting Complex

The Sumban Megalithic Feasting Complex

(p.260) 7 The Sumban Megalithic Feasting Complex
Feasting in Southeast Asia

Brian Hayden

University of Hawai'i Press

The most active and still vibrant megalithic tradition in Southeast Asia is probably found in Sumba. Given the importance of megaliths and their interpretation in prehistoric archaeology, and given the intimate association of megaliths and feasting in the Torajan area, we focused considerable attention on the feasting traditions of Sumba, especially as they related to megaliths. The megaliths are also associated spatially and behaviorally with ancestral corporate lineage houses. The logic of megalithic construction is discussed together with benefits sought by hosts for sponsoring feasts. The range of major feasting types is described.

Keywords:   megaliths, Sumba, corporate groups, aggrandizers, proto-chiefdoms, transegalitarian, ancestral houses

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