By Kenneth M. George
Displaying indicators of Violence offers with the ceremonies of pangngae, a ridicule headhunt that lingers stubbornly on the middle of political existence in a marginal upland neighborhood in Sulawesi, Indonesia. No killing occurs during this ritual--no genuine heads are taken--but its rhetoric of violence is unmistakable and real.Kenneth M. George vividly info the rites of pangngae, from the headhunters' mystery and predatory trip downriver to the week of public joyful celebration that follows their exuberant go back. He places designated emphasis at the songs, speeches, and liturgies of the headhunt and exhibits how this ritual is neither a relic kind of primitive violence nor an out of date discourse at the social horizons of a distant neighborhood. in truth, the subjects, reasons, and situations of pangngae make it the main public and community-defining kind of ceremonial violence for this small mountain enclave because it confronts the dilemmas offered via Indonesian modernity and country tradition.
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Yet elders today still remember these zealous AmbonccSc and insist that baptism was misconstrued at the time as a directive from the colonial administration. Indeed, a report on Bambang's local leadership written in the mid·l930s suggests that the church was yet to gain wide and lasting influence (Smit 1937). The Protestantsche Kerk was unable to sustain its mission in the uplands, and so, in 1927, surrendered the evangelical field to the more conservative and pietistic Chriftliche Gereformeerd Kerk (Christian Reformed Church), the church that was to oversee the area until 1942 (Krtiger 1966).
Idden from vicw"-as by trees or tall grasses. A glimpse from the flanking rrails is eoough to confirm the name. The river winds into ravines and behind mountain spurs, and, like the hamle1s nestled above its banks, can simply disappear beneath shrouds of mist and rain. With the exception of a few visitS elsewhere in the mountain region, I lived and worked for roughly 30 months (between 1982 and 1985) along 1he part of the Salu Mambi watershed that srretches from the upper reaches in Bambang ro the small but fertile basin at the town of Mambi.
I point out as well that commcmo· ration is a mode of sociality. I look in particular at the social organization of choruses and relate such organization to everyday social hierarchy. ; o imply a struggle to inhabit clistinct forms of social relationship. Chapter 7 takes a look at clifferences in the commemorative work of four villages as they hold pangngae. Taking inspiration from McGann, I try to sec bow the cliscoursc of pangngae has been situated and circumstancedto scan, in other words, the performative and intcrpreti\'C horizons tor d1is ritual.