The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship

"This book is a marvelous counterpoint to the rich scholarship that has developed on the 'center' in Southeast Asian societies, providing for the first time an in-depth study of the play of personhood and power—and their historical ...

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship

"This book is a marvelous counterpoint to the rich scholarship that has developed on the 'center' in Southeast Asian societies, providing for the first time an in-depth study of the play of personhood and power—and their historical transformations—on the Indonesian 'periphery.'"—Toby Alice Volkman, Social Science Research Council "A very important work, not only for the specialists of island Southeast Asia, but also for the general anthropologist. Atkinson accomplishes a number of tasks in fresh and innovative ways."—George E. Marcus, Rice University "Impressively informed by major theoretical issues, Atkinson's work at the same time brings her readers into the everyday world of the Wana in Sulawesi, Indonesia."—Renato Rosaldo, Stanford University

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship

Salebe is the Wana rendering of Celebes , the former Dutch name for Sulawesi , the island the Wana inhabit . In fact , neither salebe nor Sulawesi is a common term in Wana parlance . Instead , Wana speak of tana wana , " the Wana land ...

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship

Rituals are valued by students of culture as lenses for bringing facets of social life and meaning into focus. Jane Monnig Atkinson's carefully crafted study offers unique insight into the rich shamanic ritual tradition of the Wana, an upland population of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Historical Dictionary of Shamanism

Artauld aimed to radically engage and affect the theater audience, preferring dynamic gestures, screams, ... In her ethnography The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship (1989), Atkinson discusses the Wana of the interior region of ...

Historical Dictionary of Shamanism

A remarkable array of people have been called shamans, while the phenomena identified as shamanism continues to proliferate. This second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Shamanism contains with examples from antiquity up to today, and from Siberia (where the term “shaman” originated) to Amazonia, South Africa, Chicago and many other places. Many claims about shamans and shamanism are contentious and all are worthy of discussion. In the most widespread understandings, terms seem to refer particularly to people who alter states of consciousness or enter trances in order to seek knowledge and help from powerful other-than-human persons, perhaps “spirits”. But this says only a little about the artists, community leaders, spiritual healers or hucksters, travelers in alternative realities and so on to which the label “shaman” has been applied. This second edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and extensive bibliography. The dictionary contains over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on individuals, groups, practices and cultures that have been called “shamanic”. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Shamanism.

Homa Variations

Atkinson, The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship, p. 15. 12. In The Science ofRitual (Poona: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, 1982), Frits Staal pursued the linguistic analogy further, speaking of a “science of ritual.

Homa Variations

"Throughout human history, and in many religious cultures, offerings are made into fire--known in the tantric world as homa. This collection provides detailed studies of the homa from its inception up to the present, allowing for the study of ritual change over long periods of time, and across religious cultures"--

Adat and Indigeneity in Indonesia

Wana used the apparatus of the masyarakat adat initiative and entered the movement for exactly the same reasons: To ... Instead, I will focus on the “art and politics of being Wana, becoming masyarakat adat”, a phrase I have borrowed in ...

Adat and Indigeneity in Indonesia

A number of UN conventions and declarations (on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the World Heritage Conventions) can be understood as instruments of international governance to promote democracy and social justice worldwide. In Indonesia (as in many other countries), these international agreements have encouraged the self-assertion of communities that had been oppressed and deprived of their land, especially during the New Order regime (1966-1998). More than 2,000 communities in Indonesia who define themselves as masyarakat adat or “indigenous peoples” had already joined the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago” (AMAN) by 2013. In their efforts to gain recognition and selfdetermination, these communities are supported by international donors and international as well as national NGOs by means of development programmes. In the definition of masyarakat adat, “culture” or adat plays an important role in the communities’ self-definition. Based on particular characteristics of their adat, the asset of their culture, they try to distinguish themselves from others in order to substantiate their claims for the restitution of their traditional rights and property (namely land and other natural resources) from the state. The authors of this volume investigate how differently structured communities - socially, politically and religiously - and associations reposition themselves vis-à-vis others, especially the state, not only by drawing on adat for achieving particular goals, but also dignity and a better future.

Democracy Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia

Atkinson, J.M. (1989) The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Azra, A., Afrianty, D. and Hefner, R. (2007) 'Pesantren and Madrasa: Muslim Schools and National Ideals in Indonesia'.

Democracy  Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia

Indonesia has been an electoral democracy for more than a decade, and yet the political landscape of the world’s third-largest democracy is as complex and enigmatic as ever. The country has achieved a successful transition to democracy and yet Indonesian democracy continues to be flawed, illiberal, and predatory. This book suggests that this and other paradoxes of democracy in Indonesia often assume occult forms in the Indonesian political imagination, and that the spirit-like character of democracy and corruption traverses into the national media and the political elite. Through a series of biographical accounts of political entrepreneurs, all of whom employ spirits in various, but always highly contested, ways, the book seeks to provide a portrait of Indonesia’s contradictory democracy, contending that the contradictions that haunt democracy in Indonesia also infect democracy globally. Exploring the intimate ways in which the world of politics and the world of spirits are entangled, it argues that Indonesia’s seemingly peculiar problems with democracy and spirits in fact reflect a set of contradictions within democracy itself. Engaging with recent attempts to look at contemporary politics through the lens of the occult, Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia will be of interest to academics in the fields of Asian Studies, Anthropology and Political Science and relevant for the study of Indonesian politics and for debates about democracy in Asia and beyond.

Showing Signs of Violence

1989 The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship . Berkeley : University of California Press . 1990 How Gender Makes a Difference in Wana Society . In Power and Difference : Gender in Island Southeast Asia , ed .

Showing Signs of Violence

"A wonderful book, theoretically challenging, ethnographically rich, and exquisitely written."--Toby Alice Volkman, Ford Foundation "Fascinating and compelling. . . . Examines with great subtlety the cultural construction of violence, and in putting forward a notion of 'political affect' moves beyond prevailing ideas of emotion in ways that have great significance for anthropology and other fields as well."--Benjamin Orlove, University of California, Davis

The A to Z of Shamanism

In her ethnography The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship (1989), Atkinson discusses the Wana of the interior region of east-central Sulawesi in Indonesia. As slash-andburn cultivators, the Wana rely for mediation between the worlds of ...

The A to Z of Shamanism

The A to Z of Shamanism has the duel task of exploring the common ground of shamanic traditions and evaluating the diversity of both traditional indigenous communities and individual Western seekers. This is done in an introduction, a bibliography, a chronology, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries, which explore the consistent features of a variety of shamans, the purposes shamanism serves, the function and activities of the shaman, and the cultural contexts in which they make sense.

Anthropologica

Atkinson, Jane Monnig 1989 The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship, Berkeley: University of California Press. Berrin, Kathleen (ed.) 1978 Art of the Huichol Indians, San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Anthropologica


Encyclopedia of Social History

Recent Wanahistory asdescribed by Jane Atkinson (1989) offers another case of shaman adaptability. Inthe 19thcentury,the Wana ethnic group in whatis ... The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship. Berkeley: Universityof California Press, ...

Encyclopedia of Social History

A reference surveying the major concerns, findings, and terms of social history. The coverage includes major categories within social history (family, demographic transition, multiculturalism, industrialization, nationalism); major aspects of life for which social history has provided a crucial per

Shamanism

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship . Berkeley , CA : Univ . Calif . Press 7. Atkinson , J. M. 1990. How gender makes a difference in Wana society . In Power and Difference : Gender in Island Southeast Asia , ed .

Shamanism


The Power of Discourse in Ritual Performance

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship . Berkeley : University of California Press . Austin , J. 1962. How to do Things with Words . Cambridge , MA : Harvard University Press . Bakhtin , M. 1981. The Dialogic Imagination .

The Power of Discourse in Ritual Performance

This volume focuses on the ways discourse is used in ritual performances as an important medium of power, enabling speakers/actors to construct, redefine and transform interpersonal relationships, cultural concepts and worldviews. The various case studies gathered here, from South Asia, South East Asia, Africa and South America, show that recent developments in linguistic anthropology, ritual theory and performance studies provide new conceptual tools to take a fresh look at these issues. The volume thus embraces both the micro level of speech activities as well as the macro level of social and political relationships and brings out the subtle workings of control, authority, and power in situations marked as ritual. Ulrich Demmer is assistant professor at the University of Munich (Germany). Martin Gaenszle is professor for Cultural History of South Asia at Vienna University (Austria).

Fields of the Lord

The currency of Indonesian textiles: Aesthetic politics in local, national, and transnational emblems. Ethnos 9(2): 151–169. ————. 2001. ... and political hierarchy in Southeast Asia, ed. ... The art and politics of Wana shamanship.

Fields of the Lord

Religious and ethnic violence between Indonesia's Muslims and Christians escalated dramatically just before and after President Suharto resigned in 1998. In this first major ethnographic study of Christianization in Indonesia, Aragon delineates colonial and postcolonial circumstances contributing to the dynamics of these contemporary conflicts. Aragon's ethnography of Indonesian Christian minorities in Sulawesi combines a political economy of colonial missionization with a microanalysis of shifting religious ideology and practice. Fields of the Lord challenges much comparative religion scholarship by contending that religions, like contemporary cultural groups, be located in their spheres of interaction rather than as the abstracted cognitive and behavioral systems conceived by many adherents, modernist states, and Western scholars. Aragon's portrayal of "near-tribal" populations who characterize themselves as "fanatic Christians" asks the reader to rethink issues of Indonesian nationalism and "modern" development as they converged in President Suharto's late New Order state. Through its careful documentation of colonial missionary tactics, unexpected postcolonial upheavals, and contemporary Christian narratives, Fields of the Lord analyzes the historical and institutional links between state rule and individuals' religious choices. Beyond these contributions, this ethnography includes captivating stories of Salvation Army "angels of the forest" and nationally marginal but locally autonomous dry-rice and coffee farmers. These Salvation Army "soldiers" make Protestantism work on their own ecological, moral, and political turf, maintaining their communities and ongoing religious concerns in the difficult terrain of the Central Sulawesi highlands.

Biographical Objects

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1990. How Gender Makes a Difference in Wana Society. In Power and Difference: Gender in Island Southeast Asia. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Biographical Objects

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Galdrbok

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship. California: University of California Press. Balzer, M. 1997. Introduction. In: M. Balzer (ed.) Shamanic Worlds: Rituals and Lore of Siberia and Central Asia: xiii-xxxii.

Galdrbok

"Galdrbok" ('spell-book') straddles the divide between the academic and the inspirational to provide arguably the most comprehensive and practical 'system' of Northwest European 'Heathen Shamanism' thus far in print. Nine years in preparation and painstakingly constructed by two practicing Heathen shamans, "Galdrbok" explores the magic of Migration Age Northwest Europe and outlines a complete self-study program of Heathen Runecraft. "Galdrbok" introduces the essential techniques of Scrying ('to descry'/'foresee'/crystal gaze), and Galdr (magical chants or sung spells), and other powerful techniques involving Runes (whispered secrets and magical letters) for inducing the 'altered states' necessary to enter and explore the nine magical worlds of 'Yggdrasill' - the Heathen World Tree. The book also includes an impressively thorough bibliography for sourcing essential reading on Heathenry, Paganisms and related occult subjects.

Shamans Nostalgias and the IMF

The art and politics of Wana shamanship. Berkeley: University of California Press. ———. 1992. Shamanisms today. Annual Review of Anthropology 21:307–330. Babb, Allan. 1990. New media and religious change. Items 44 (4): 72–76.

Shamans  Nostalgias  and the IMF

Thirty years ago, anthropologist Laurel Kendall did intensive fieldwork among South Korea’s (mostly female) shamans and their clients as a reflection of village women’s lives. In the intervening decades, South Korea experienced an unprecedented economic, social, political, and material transformation and Korean villages all but disappeared. And the shamans? Kendall attests that they not only persist but are very much a part of South Korean modernity. This enlightening and entertaining study of contemporary Korean shamanism makes the case for the dynamism of popular religious practice, the creativity of those we call shamans, and the necessity of writing about them in the present tense. Shamans thrive in South Korea’s high-rise cities, working with clients who are largely middle class and technologically sophisticated. Emphasizing the shaman’s work as open and mutable, Kendall describes how gods and ancestors articulate the changing concerns of clients and how the ritual fame of these transactions has itself been transformed by urban sprawl, private cars, and zealous Christian proselytizing. For most of the last century Korean shamans were reviled as practitioners of antimodern superstition; today they are nostalgically celebrated icons of a vanished rural world. Such superstition and tradition occupy flip sides of modernity’s coin—the one by confuting, the other by obscuring, the beating heart of shamanic practice. Kendall offers a lively account of shamans, who once ministered to the domestic crises of farmers, as they address the anxieties of entrepreneurs whose dreams of wealth are matched by their omnipresent fears of ruin. Money and access to foreign goods provoke moral dilemmas about getting and spending; shamanic rituals express these through the longings of the dead and the playful antics of greedy gods, some of whom have acquired a taste for imported whiskey. No other book-length study captures the tension between contemporary South Korean life and the contemporary South Korean shamans’ work. Kendall’s familiarity with the country and long association with her subjects permit nuanced comparisons between a 1970s "then" and recent encounters—some with the same shamans and clients—as South Korea moved through the 1990s, endured the Asian Financial Crisis, and entered the new millennium. She approaches her subject through multiple anthropological lenses such that readers interested in religion, ritual performance, healing, gender, landscape, material culture, modernity, and consumption will find much of interest here.

The Music and Dance of the World s Religions

Atkinson , Jane M. The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship . Berkeley : University of California Press , 1989. A thorough study of the political and cosmic significances of the Magolong , the major shamanic ritual of the Wana of ...

The Music and Dance of the World s Religions

The first of its kind, this book contains 3,816 references to the music and dance of the world's religions, large and small, tribal, regional, and global.

Fantasizing the Feminine in Indonesia

Interpreting Indonesian Politics : Thirteen Contributions to the Debate . Ithaca : Cornell Modern Indonesia Project , 1982 . ... Atkinson , Jane M. The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship . Berkeley : University of California Press ...

Fantasizing the Feminine in Indonesia

Presenting dialogues between prominent scholars of and from Indonesia and Indonesian women working in professional, activist, religious, and literary domains, the book dissolves essentialist notions of "women" and "Indonesia" that have arisen out of the tensions of empire.

Community in the Balance

Pp. 171–186 1989 The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1990 “How gender makes a difference in Wana society.” In Power and Difference: Gender in Island Southeast Asia, eds.

Community in the Balance

Community in the Balance presents a fresh perspective on some classic social science issues. It examines the conflicts and tensions that permeate day-to-day interactions of a people in a remote region of the eastern Indonesian province of Maluku. The Maneo openly tout the pleasures of living alone in the forests of Seram away from the demands of kith and kin and the scrutiny that comes from life in villages in close proximity. The option is real. Yet while the incessant social demands and low-level enmities they attribute to village life are also felt, most acutely in the peril of sorcery, the accounts of strife are exaggerated to help establish the mutuality of the terms on which people do associate-as a collective sacrifice and virtue. Drawing on Aristotelian ideas of morality and exploring the modalities of recognition, desire, and displacement, the book focuses on the strategies of negotiation and obfuscation Maneo employ to foster community life. As volition is central to moral practice, the book's analysis of the subsequent religious conflagration that swept the province between 1999 and 2002 illuminates how fears and rumors of attack narrowed options that might otherwise have enabled enough people to opt out, condemn the violence, and perhaps contain it.

Bewitching Women Pious Men

The Art and Politics of Wana Shamanship. Berkeley: University of California Press. Atkinson, Jane M., and Shelly Errington, eds. 1990. Power and Difference: Gender in Island Southeast Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Bewitching Women  Pious Men

"This is a wonderful collection of essays. At one level they tell us about the transformation and often painful fragmentation of gendered selves in post-colonial states and a speeded-up transnational world. At another level they display the continuing power of ethnography to surprise and move us."--Sherry Ortner, University of California, Berkeley "This collection presents new ethnographic research, framed in terms of new theoretical developments, and contains fine scholarship and lively writing."--Janet Hoskins, University of Southern California "This is a wonderful collection of essays. At one level they tell us about the transformation and often painful fragmentation of gendered selves in post-colonial states and a speeded-up transnational world. At another level they display the continuing power of ethnography to surprise and move us."--Sherry Ortner, University of California, Berkeley