Pelatou : a Joker in the Neuro- anthropological Act

Ann, Appleton (2011) Pelatou : a Joker in the Neuro- anthropological Act. [Working Paper]

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Pelatou is a traditional Melanau ritual carried out by a specialist a-bayoh (shaman) in the aftennath of a death. However, the multi-faceted nature of pelatou - part seance, part healing, part drama and entertainment, part play, part burlesque makes it difficult to categorize within the boundaries of other Melanau rituals and ceremonies concerned with death. The paper draws on Turner's concept of "play" (1987: 167-170) to analyse the nature and significance of what takes place in pelatou, and argues that it is the collective act of"perfonning" - rather than belief in the perfonnance itself - through which pelatou works its effect.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rituals, Melanau, Social life and customs, anthropological Act, Pelatou, Borneo, UNIMAS, IEAS, 2011 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Institute of East Asian Studies, education, IPTA, sarawak, malaysia, kuching, samarahan, universiti, university
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of East Asian Studies (rebranded to IBS in 2015)
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 03:54
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 08:37

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