The sacred remains : myth, history, and polity in Belau

Richard J. Parmentier

Based on two years of fieldwork in Belau, an Austronesian culture in western Micronesia, "The Sacred Remains" is an outstanding example of the new approach to ethnographic writing that challenges Western views of the history of non-Western societies. Richard J. Parmentier employs semiotic methods to analyze both linguistic and nonlinguistic signs representing Belauan history, showing that these signs also organize social and political structures. He identifies four pervasive semiotic patterns that appear rhetorically in myths, chants, and historical narratives and graphically in the arrangement of certain classes of stones, including village boundary markers, burial platforms, exchange valuables, and monoliths found at abandoned sites in the islands. While not neglecting historical evidence from Western sources, Parmentier contends that the history of Belau cannot be understood without taking into full account indigenous categories of space, time, and transformation and without recognizing the importance of Belauan social actions that construct, interpret, and transmit historical knowledge. Supporting his analysis of Belauan history with concrete ethnographic demonstration, Parmentier presents a work of central importance for Austronesianists, anthropologists, and historians.

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書名 The sacred remains : myth, history, and polity in Belau
著作者等 Parmentier, Richard J.
Silverstein, Michael
出版元 University of Chicago Press
刊行年月 1987
ページ数 xxiii, 341 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0226646963
NCID BA03445652
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国