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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
divination or gift exchange
Divination or Gift Exchange?
  • The myth of Maligai
  • The myth of the left ear
  • Lia
  • Back to the snake
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