Revolutions in Time, Revolutions in Consciousness

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:
Revolutions in Time, Revolutions in Consciousness

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The displacement of a ritual calendar that made Kodi the center for the ordering of time caused a shift in temporal perspectives which was to a certain extent irrevocable. It created “history” as an alternative to “heritage” and moved the locus of debate from the various evidences of narratives, objects, and actions to a new form of totalizing vision. This chapter pulls together the various strands of argument and shows their relevance to wider theoretical issues. Its conclusions are of three types: a local-level conclusion, which maps out the particular forms of Kodi temporality; a comparative conclusion, which places Kodi in the wider context of the politics of time within Indonesia and other nations of the developing world; and a theoretical conclusion, which reexamines the relations of totalities and practices from a historicist perspective.

Keywords: ritual; calendar; Kodi; time; history; politics; Indonesia

Chapter.  9100 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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