Chapter

The Imported Past

Janet Hoskins

in The Play of Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080034
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520080034.003.0002
The Imported Past

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The history of events in Kodi thus remains largely obscure, at least before the beginning of this century. However, one can glimpse certain larger processes, through which ideas of foreign authority were taken up and incorporated into notions of indigenous origins. The imitation and assimilation of incompletely understood foreign powers was sometimes accompanied by a disavowal of their real origins, with foreign objects redefined as “indigenous” and made the basis of local claims to rule. This chapter's treatment of themes in the island's history focuses on the interactions between the Sumbanese and four foreign places, each of which had a significant impact on both the events themselves and the perceptions of the nature of power and its deployment. These are “Java” (more a mythical construct than a reference to the actual island), Bima (on the island of Sumbawa), Ende (on the island of Flores), and Batavia (capital of the Netherlands East Indies).

Keywords: Kodi; powers; Sumbanese; deployment; Java; Bima; Sumbawa; Ende; Flores; Batavia

Chapter.  12389 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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