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Contentment and Suffering : Culture and Experience in Toraja - Douglas W. Hollan

Contentment and Suffering

Culture and Experience in Toraja

Paperback Published: 18th January 1994
ISBN: 9780231084239
Number Of Pages: 313
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Contentment and Suffering, a psychocultural ethnography of the Toraja wet-rice farmers of Indonesia, provides a rich portrait of Torajan life and contributes to debates on the relationship between culture and individual psychology.

Hollan and Wellenkamp describe the central aspects of Torajan personal experience -emotion, identity, and sense of self- and a variety of fascinating cultural practices, including possession trance, kickfights, elaborate mortuary customs, dream interpretation, and buffalo sacrifice.

Presenting exceptionally detailed ethnographic data through a person-centered perspective and extensive use of open-ended interviews, Contentment and Suffering engagingly expresses how the Toraja understand their lives.

"A readable and well organized 'person-centered ethnography, 'discussing personhood, identity, mental states, values, and experiences of Toraja villagers of Sulawesi in Indonesia." -- "Choice"

ISBN: 9780231084239
ISBN-10: 0231084234
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 18th January 1994
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.04 x 15.29  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44