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Ref ID: 27469
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Bulbeck, David
Aziz, Fadhila Arifin
O'Connor, Sue
Calo, Ambra
Fenner, Jack N.
Marwick, Ben
Feathers, Jim
Wood, Rachel
Prastiningtyas, Dyah
Title: Mortuary caves and the dammar trade in the Towuti-Routa region, Sulawesi, in an island Southeast Asian context
Date: 2016
Source: Asian Perspectives
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
DOI: 10.1353/asi.2016.0017
Abstract: This article describes the sequence of mortuary practices and associated funerary items in the Towuti–Routa region of Sulawesi during the first and second millennia a.d. in the context of the broad chronology of similar customs documented elsewhere across Island Southeast Asia (ISEA). In particular, the mortuary sequence in Towuti–Routa is compared with sequences spanning the centuries a.d. in Old Luwu to the immediate west. Trade in dammar gum, which was used to coat mortuary vessels, was an economic mainstay in Old Luwu and Towuti–Routa at the time of European contact. Dammar gum is investigated for its potential role in financing the import of exotic goods, underpinning regional networks that facilitated the spread of mortuary traditions, and promoting the development of a chiefly social organization.
Date Created: 2/15/2017
Volume: 55
Number: 2
Page Start: 148
Page End: 183