Tana Toraja: A Social History of an Indonesian People

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NUS Press, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 424 pages
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Tana Toraja is a highland region in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi, best known today for its exquisite Arabica coffee and as an exotic destination for cultural tourism. Toraja is a place, but more importantly, it is a people who have been shaped by location, and by selective absorption of and resistance to cultural forces from the Islamic lowlands. This ambitious, multifaceted study traces the history of Tana Toraja over more than a century, from 1870, forty years before the Dutch took control of the highlands, to the 1990s. It shows how the people of this area renegotiated their place in the province and in the Indonesian nation during times of major political change, and succeeded in avoiding ethnic and religious hostility of the sort that has recently plagued nearby Central Sulawesi and other parts of Eastern Indonesia. Drawing from Dutch and Indonesian archives as well as extensive interviews, Terance Bigalke discusses a wide range of subjects, including trade (in coffee, slaves and arms), the missionary presence, colonial administration, modern education and the development of ethnic consciousness, religious change, and the growth of political activity.
 

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This book is one written that very open about the past age of Torajaness as one tribe on south celebes. This book very good for Toraja people specially for the young generation in order to understand the past where there was the very bad experiences when the Bugis made contact with some The Cheief of Toraja which the chief of toraja give candu by the Bugis while they make business of coffe , slave , and arms. 

Contents

Coffee Slaves Arms and Power
18
Resisting and Receiving the Dutch
51
Administrative Engineering
64
Government and Mission in MakaleRantepao
76
Patterns of Religious Change
109
Education Organization and Ethnic
149
The Japanese Occupation
183
Tana Toraja in the Indonesian Revolution
201
Social Revolution Regional Rebellion and
222
Toraja After 1965
265
Notes
301
Glossary
360
Bibliography
366
Index
375
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Terance W. BIGALKE is Director and Dean, Education Program at the East-West Center in Hawaii.

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