The Play of Time


 "A Land Apart": Geography and Subsistence
 The Long Conversation: Fieldwork Conditions and the Study of Time
 The Play of Time in Anthropological Writing
 collapse sectionSocial Units in Kodi Society
 The House
 Patrilines and Matrilines
 Long-Term and Short-Term Cycles

 collapse section1  The Imported Past  Foreign Sources of Power
 Origins from "Java"
 The Sultan of Bima
 Moslem Mercenaries: A Predatory Expansion over the Seas
 External and Internal Slavery on Sumba
 Batavia and the Dutch Colonial Project
 Distant Wealth and Its Distribution
 collapse section2  The Local Origins of Time  The Day, Month, and Seasons
 collapse sectionThe Day
 The Origins of Night and Day
 Markers Of The Day
 The Time Of Daily Social Activities
 Numbered Days And Named Intervals
 collapse sectionThe Month
 Methods Of Moon Counting
 The Seasons
 The Beginnings of Time and the Construction of the Past
 collapse section3  The Past in Narrative  The Creation of the Calendar
 Genres of Stories About the Past
 The Politics of Narrative Collection
 Presentation of Texts
 Problems of Legitimacy, Authenticity, and Hierarchy
 Different Tellings of the Tales: Historicizing These Narratives
 collapse section4  The Past in Objects
 History Objects and the Reification of the Past
 collapse sectionThe Location and Transfer of Objects in the Past
 The Urn as a Ritual Object
 The Urn Meets the Staff
 Contested Claims: The Staff Separates from the Urn
 Stoking The Flames of Controversy
 Separated Powers: The Japanese Occupation and Independence
 Interpreting and Criticizing Sources on the Kodi Past
 The System of Objects and Knowledge of the Past
 Objects in Movement and Objects in Place
 collapse section5  The Past in Action  The Rites of the Kodi Year
 The "Bitter Chicken" of the Four-Month Ritual Silence
 From Taboos to License
 The Sea Worm Swarming and Pasola Jousting
 Roasting a Chicken to the Dead: Sacrifices in the Ancestral Villages
 Time, Carnival, and Disruptive Revels
 A Century of Pasola Performances
 Rites of Regeneration
 Disparate Voices in a Unified Calendar

 collapse section6  Exchanges over Time  Continuities Between Past and Present
 Hierarchy, Regional Differences, and Exchange
 Less Than Revolutionary: Money and the Traditional Economy
 A View from the 1980s
 collapse sectionA Slice of Time: Exchange in the Period 1983-88
 Statistical Data
 Reflections and Evaluations
 Biographical Time, Exchange, and Rival Scales of Value
 collapse section7  Time as Value  Taking the Bull by the Horns
 Horns, Tusks, and Value
 From Livestock to Pigs: Equivalences and Conversions
 The Meat Market Versus the Exchange Market
 collapse sectionSacrificial Economies and Commodity Economies
 Eyelashes and Exports
 Time, Exchange, and Traditional Economies
 Biographical Time, Intergenerational Time, and Social Reproduction
 Time as Value Versus Time as Money
 collapse section8  Contested Time  The Feast in Dream Village
 Feasting and the Politics of Time
 collapse sectionLand Rights and a Dream of Wealth
 Opening Ceremonies: Inviting The Spirits (Palaru Marapu)
 Evening Offerings (Raka Malo): Remembering Time Past
 The Quarrel On The Feast Day: Time Questioned and Intervals Defied
 The Buffalo Sacrifice
 Sequences and Simultaneity: Prayer Versus Sacrifice
 Regaining Time in the Upperworld: Sending Off the Animal Souls
 Redundancy, Rhetoric, and Innovation
 Reflections After the Fact: Comments on the Film
 When All Is Said and Done: Visual and Verbal Elements
 collapse section9  Death and the End of Time  Final Exchanges
 Mortality as a Break in Time
 Visible and Invisible Participants
 Making Peace with the Wife-Givers
 Returning Life to the Origin Village
 The Final Time of Separation
 The Meaning of Final Exchanges
 The Divination: A Journey into the Past
 Closing Off the Opening Between Past and Present
 Silence and Speech, Affines and Agnates
 Epilogue: Changing the Ties to the Past

 collapse section10  A New Order of Time  Church and State
 Entering the "Bitter House": Stages of a Dialogue
 Finding "Religion" in the Indigenous System
 Early Evangelization
 The First Dialogue with the Church
 Christianity and the Critique of Colonialism
 Beginnings of Conflict Between the Church and Local Practice
 Evangelization and Development: New Routines and Disciplines
 Recent Reinterpretations
 Rationalized Paganism: Old Rites in New Times
 collapse section11  The Past as Ideology  New Heroes, New Histories
 History and Heritage
 Nationalism on Sumba
 The Headhunter Before History
 The Origins of Local Resistance
 From Headhunting to Regional Resistance
 The Javanese-derived Model of the Past
 The Conflict of Heritage and History: Local Reimaginings
 The Hero Created by History
 collapse section12  The Embattled Chronologer  The Politics of the Calendar
 The Politics of Sea Worm Festivities
 The Problems in Primitive Calendars
 Lunar Calendars in a Regional System
 The 1980 Controversy over the Dates for Nale
 Regional Calendars and the Control of Time
 Epilogue: Stepping In and Out of Time
 collapse section13  Revolutions in Time, Revolutions in Consciousness
 Kodi Temporality
 Indonesian Calendars and Chronologies
 Totalities and Practices
 Playing Back over Time

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