Publication Type

Book Chapter

Version

Preprint

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Chinese New Year in the West Kalimantan town of Singkawang is marked by a parade featuring hundreds of possessed spirit-mediums performing self-mortification and blood sacrifice. The event is a huge tourist draw, but beyond the spectacle, deeper meanings are enacted. The spirit-medium procession stages a fraternity of Dayak, Malay and Chinese earth gods united in the purpose of exorcising demons from the neighborhood. The self-conscious presentation of the Chinese as brethren among pribumi [sons-of-the-soil] Dayak and Malay, proposes the Chinese as belonging to the ‘peoplehood’ of West Kalimantan.

Keywords

Chinese, Indonesia, spirit mediums, religious processions

Discipline

Asian Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging

Editor

Sai, Siew-Min; Hoon, Chang-Yau

First Page

138

Last Page

158

ISBN

9780415608015

Publisher

Routledge

City or Country

New York

Additional URL

http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/707966585

Comments

Edited by Sai Siew-Min and Hoon Chang-Yau

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