Power in Performance

Power in Performance
The Creation of Textual Authority in Weyewa Ritual Speech

Joel C. Kuipers

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 illus.
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512803341 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
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An Anniversary Collection volume

Among the Weyewa of the eastern Indonesian island of Sumba, spokesmen seek to inscribe their traditions and sacred obligations through ritual speaking performances. In a series of lively poetic dialogues, performers use a distinctive couplet style to pursue the trail of their ancestors.

Joel C. Kuipers is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University.

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