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Paying for the Dead: On the Politics of Death in Independent Timor-Leste

Bovensiepen, Judith M. (2014) Paying for the Dead: On the Politics of Death in Independent Timor-Leste. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 15 (2). pp. 103-122. ISSN 1444-2213. E-ISSN 1740-9314. (doi:10.1080/14442213.2014.892528) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:43361)

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Abstract

Since Timor-Leste regained independence in 2002, there has been a revival of customary practices across the country. In the village of Funar, this has taken the shape of intensive investment in death ceremonies. This article takes death as a lens through which to examine changing social and political relations in Funar during the post-independence period. It analyses how exchanges that occur upon death serve to sever relations between house groups that are indebted to one another through marriage exchange, and how funerary practices enable people to renegotiate status differences that have become more contested since independence. While death confronts people with tragedies from the past, it also provides occasions for dealing with the aftermath of the Indonesian occupation. Moreover, reburial allows local residents to re-inscribe themselves in nationalist discourses, from which they have been largely excluded due to the region's ambiguous role during the Indonesian occupation

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14442213.2014.892528
Uncontrolled keywords: Southeast Asia, Pacific, Exchange, Debt, Alliance, House-based Societies, Mortuary Ceremonies, Post-conflict Recovery, Nation-building
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Judith Bovensiepen
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 18:04 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43361 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bovensiepen, Judith M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6092-7874
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