|Title: ||Money, magic and fear : identity and exchange amongst the Orang Suku Laut (sea nomads) and other groups of Riau and Batam, Indonesia.|
|Authors: ||Chou, Cynthia|
|Issue Date: ||18-Oct-1994|
|Abstract: ||The central focus of my thesis is the symbolism of money and the power it
holds in the Riau archipelago and Batam of Indonesia to affect the nature of
social relationships. These social relationships in turn affect the different
forms of exchange that take place in the archipelago.
In particular, I am exploring the meaning and moral implications of
monetary and commercial exchanges in contrast to exchanges of other kinds
that take place between the Orang Suku Laut and other Malay and non-Malay
communities. The Orang Suku Laut are regarded as the Orang asli Melayu
(indigenous Malays) of Riau. Yet in the interaction between the Malays and
Orang Suku Laut, there exists much fear between them with constant
accusations of being poisoned and harmed by one and the other through
practices of magic and witchcraft. This stems from the Malays' perception of
the Orang Suku Laut as a "dangerous, dirty and unprogressive people. "
The Orang Suku Laut are regarded as preferring a life of nomadism,
and one without a religious orientation towards Islam, as opposed to a life of
sedentism guided by the Islamic religion. This thesis explores how this self
and other perceptions which have shaped the image of the Orang Suku Laut,
have become enmeshed in the exchange economy of the Orang Suku Laut and
|Appears in Collections:||Theses - Social Anthropology|
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