Temiar Religion, 1964-2012: Enchantment, Disenchantment and Re-enchantment in Malaysia's Uplands
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When Benjamin first lived in the isolated villages of the Temiars between 1964 and 1965, he encountered a people who lived by swidden farming supplemented by hunting and fishing. They practised their own unexportable, localised animistic religion in an area where the main religion of civilisation was formerly Mahayana Buddhism and is now Islam. Fifty years later, the Temiars have become much more embedded in broader Malaysian society, while retaining their distinctive way of life, including continuing involvement with their complex shamanic religion.
Benjamin's ongoing fieldwork in the 1970s, 1990s and 2000s followed the Temiars through processes of religious dis-enchantment and re-enchantment, as they reacted in various ways to the advent of Baha'i, Islam and Christianity. Some Temiars even developed a new religion of their own. In addition to its rich ethnographic reportage, the book proposes a novel theory of religion and develops a deeply insightful account of the changing intellectual framework of anthropology over the past half-century.
List of Tables and Figures vi
Foreword (by James C. Scott) ix
Orthography and Pronunciation xviii
1. The Historical and Intellectual Background 1
2. The Temiars and their Religion
[3-8. 'Temiar Religion (PhD thesis)'] 20
3. Temiar Religion (1967)--Preface and Introduction 41
4. Temiar Religion (1967)--The Cosmos 55
5. Temiar Religion (1967)--Species 76
6. Temiar Religion (1967)--Souls 106
7. Temiar Religion (1967)--Spirit-mediumship 155
8. Temiar Religion (1967)--Theology 188
9. Field-report Correspondence with Edmund Leach 212
10. Temiar Mediumship in Context 239
11. Indigenous Religious Systems
of the Malay Peninsula 260
12. Danger and Dialectic in Temiar Childhood 279
13. Rationalisation and Re-enchantment:
Temiar Religion, 1964-94 301
14. Temiar Religions, 1994-2012: Islam,
Christianity, ?al?j S?lamad 339
Appendices 1-4 385
Titel: Temiar Religion, 1964-2012: Enchantment, ...
Verlag: NUS Press
Einband: Soft cover
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