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Ref Type: Book Section
Authors: Kaartinen, Timo
Title: Nurturing memories: the cycle of mortuary meals in an East Indonesian village
Date: 2007
Source: Kinship and food in South East Asia
Place of Publication: Copenhagen, Denmark
Publisher: NIAS
Notes: Introduction: The aim of this chapter is to describe and analyse practices of producing, sharing, and giving food in Banda Eli, a Muslim village in the Kei Islands of East Indonesia. My focus is on a cycle of mortuary meals in which the relations of nurturance within the house extend to the whole village. In addition to playing out relations of reciprocity among the villagers, the sharing of food in this context is a means of continuing the life of society in the circumstances of death. the broader issue raised by the social and semiotic qualities of food in this ritual context is that of temporality - the orientations toward past and future events which people assume in practical activities. How does the sharing of food contribute to historicizing the balances and hierarchies of social life?
Date Created: 4/9/2015
Editors: Janowski, Monica
Kerlogue, Fiona
Volume: 38
Page Start: 149
Page End: 169
Series Title: NIAS Studies in Asian Topics