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Personal Religion and Magic in Mamasa, West Sulawesi
Published by Brill
In Personal Religion and Magic in Mamasa, West Sulawesi, Kees Buijs describes the traditional culture of the Toraja's. The focus is upon the personal religion as it has its centre in a special way in the kitchen of each house.
In Personal Religion and Magic in Mamasa, West Sulawesi, Kees Buijs describes the traditional culture of the Toraja's, which is rapidly vanishing. The focus is on personal religion as it has its centre in the kitchen of each house. In the kitchen and also by the use of magical words and stones the gods are sought for their powers of blessing. This book adds important information to Buijs' earlier Powers of Blessing from the Wilderness and from Heaven (Brill, 2006).
Introduction Chapter I Religion and magic Chapter II Headlines of the religion of the Toraja's in West Sulawesi Chapter III Pairan, individual religious responsibility Chapter IV Stones and incantations, vestiges from the other world of the gods Chapter V Pairan and magic, personal religion in daily life Glossary Bibliography Index
Kees Buijs, Ph.D. Anthropology (2004), Leiden University, has served in the Netherlands as reverend and in Indonesia and in South Africa as trainer. During fifteen years he alternated between Mamasa, Sulawesi, and the area of KwaNdebele, South Africa, for educational tasks.
Reviewer: Ian Rapley
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