The Past in Action

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:
The Past in Action

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The rites of the Kodi year involve an oscillation between constraint and excess, strict discipline and Rabelaisian rejoicing, which helps to define the polarities of both social life and the year. The nale festivities and pasola battle provide a unifying, centering focus for Kodi collective life, defining a shared order and ritual discipline for the whole domain. However, they also offer an occasion for contests, both physical and verbal, that reveal underlying tensions. The outer frame of the calendar is set by prohibitions. As outlined in mythic narratives, the autochthones are excluded, displaced by the descendants of Rato Mangilo and Rato Pokilo, who take over the center. The rites of the year bring people together, assembling them into a totality that observes a single annual rhythm of activities and acknowledges a single source of fertility in the nale spirit which comes from the sea.

Keywords: rites; Kodi; nale; festivities; pasola; calendar; autochthones; Rato Mangilo; Rato Pokilo; fertility

Chapter.  11356 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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