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Small Sacrifices: Religious Change and Cultural Identity Among the Ngaju of Indonesia (Anne Schiller) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1997) 9780195095586
Small Sacrifices: Religious Change and Cultural Identity Among the Ngaju of Indonesia (Anne Schiller) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1997) 9780195095586
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Title: Small Sacrifices: Religious Change and Cultural Identity Among the Ngaju of Indonesia

Author: Schiller, Anne

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1997

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195095586

Volumes: 1; Pages: 192

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This is an ethnographic study of the Ngaju Dyaks, rain forest dwellers of the remote interior region of Central Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Like many indigenous peoples, the Ngaju have lately been affected by exposure to world religions, technological advances, and myriad external factors involving their growing incorporation into the rapidly expanding state system. Schiller demonstrates that their responses to these pressures are most clearly seen in the religious sphere and involve the recasting and reinterpreting of their indigenous religion. She focuses particularly on the changing form and content of "tiwah," an elaborate ritual of secondary burial with multiple and diverse meanings for Hindu Kaharingan Ngaju as well as for those who have converted to Islam or Christianity."The book appeals to a broad audience with interests in religion, ethnicity, nationalism, social change, and so forth. Written eloguently and drawing on engaging episodes, it would also make a good textbook, paired with Schiller's ethnographic film on tiwah, 'Borneo: Beyond the Grave.'"--Religious Studies Review
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