Indonesian Sea Nomads
Money, Magic and Fear of the Orang Suku Laut
By (author) Cynthia Chou
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Indonesian Sea Nomads by Cynthia Chou
Book DescriptionThe Orang Suku Laut consider themselves indigenous Malays. Yet their interaction with others who call themselves Malays is characterised on both sides by fear of harmful magic and witchcraft. The nomadic Orang Suku Laut believe that the Qur'an contains elements of black magic, while the settled Malays consider the nomads dangerous, dirty and backward. At the centre of this study, based on first-hand anthropological data, is the symbolism of money and the powerful influence it has on social relationships within the Riau archipelago. The first major publication on these maritime nomadic communities, the book also adds fresh perspectives on anthropological debates on exchange systems, tribality and hierarchy. It also characterises the different ways of being Malay in the region and challenges the prevailing tendency to equate Malay identity with the Islamic faith.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780700717248
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cynthia Chou
Orang Suku Laut of Riau, Indonesia, Paperback (February 2012)» View all books by Cynthia Chou
The Orang Suku Laut of Riau have been deemed a backward people by the Indonesian government and local Indonesians, and are seen as alien and dangerous. This book focuses on the predicaments of the Orang in view of the challenges imposed upon them by the emergence of new borders.
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Author Biography - Cynthia Chou
Cynthia Chou is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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