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Reflections on the Snake Messenger. Perspectivism in Siberut , Mentawai Islands, Western Indonesia. The Sakaliou Clan. Patrilineal and patrilocal Egalitarian Exchange based on reciprocity: Generalized Balanced Negative Spirits are included. From Spirits to Humans.

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Reflections on the snake messenger

Reflections on the Snake Messenger

Perspectivism in Siberut,

Mentawai Islands, Western Indonesia


The sakaliou clan

The Sakaliou Clan

  • Patrilineal and patrilocal

  • Egalitarian

  • Exchange based on reciprocity:

    • Generalized

    • Balanced

    • Negative

  • Spirits are included


From spirits to humans

From Spirits to Humans

  • The snake as exception

  • More often:

    • Butterflies and insects

    • Birds and bird calls

    • Many other events

  • Happenings, not objects

  • Messages are general and usually ambiguous


From humans to spirits

From Humans to Spirits

  • Chicken entrails

  • Pig hearts

  • Plants (gaud)

  • Shamans

  • Taboos

  • Specific and unambiguous

  • Possibly ambiguous to spirits


Chicken entrails

Chicken Entrails


Pig hearts

Pig Hearts


Plants gaud

Plants (Gaud)


Shamans

Shamans


Taboos

Taboos


Divination or gift exchange

Divination or Gift Exchange?

  • The myth of Maligai

  • The myth of the left ear

  • Lia

  • Back to the snake


Sakaliou and southeast asia

Sakaliou and Southeast Asia


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