A Wall, Even in Those Days! Encounters with Religions and What Became of the Tradition

  • Cécile Barraud


Cécile Barraud examines how Southeast Moluccan societies (Eastern Indonesia), in contact with traders and foreigners for centuries, have incorporated goods, ideas, and customs which integrated what the local peoples considered to be their ‘tradition’ (adat). In contrast, while in contact with religions, first Islam, then Protestantism under the Dutch trade, and later on Catholicism under the Dutch colonization, they maintained a differentiated status for ‘religion’ (agama). This chapter shows how these local societies have found specific answers to adjust their socio-cosmic values when faced with various aspects of the universalist claims of religion in relation to their tradition. New events and a newly introduced religion (agama Hindu) added a certain complexity to the analysis of this situation.


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  • Cécile Barraud
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  1. 1.Centre Asie du Sud-EstCNRS-EHESSParisFrance

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