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Great Performances: Toraja Cultural Identity in the 1970s

Toby Alice Volkman
American Ethnologist
Vol. 11, No. 1 (Feb., 1984), pp. 152-169
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/644360
Page Count: 18
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Abstract

"Ethnicity" and "identity" do not refer to fixed realities; their construction is a social process. This paper examines Toraja cultural identity as it has been shaped in recent years by the complementary movements of out-migration of Toraja youth and transient in-migration of Western tourists. For different reasons both movements have led to a focus on ritual as the defining feature of "Torajaness," and to a tendency to reify Toraja culture as ritual. This reification poses new problems, leading to further transformations of both ritual and identity. [ethnicity, cultural identity, ritual, migration, tourism, Indonesia]

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