527 pp., illustrations, bibliography, index. The traditional houses and settlements of the several hundred ethnic groups of Indonesia are extremely varied and all have their own unique history. Underlying this rich diversity are fundamental similarities rooted in the ancient heritage that is shared by all the peoples in the Indonesian field of study. The multiplicity of ways in which this heritage is given shape in each local situation bears witness to an amazing creativity in adapting to regional circumstances and social changes. Inter-ethnic comparison of the architectural structures is a way to arrive at a better understanding of both the shared traditions and the diverging developments. In many cases, the variety of house forms will reflect successful attempts at distinguishing one groupís buildings from those of neighboring groups in an ongoing ethnic process of what could be called 'mutual contrasting', albeit sometimes by means of pseudo-traditions which have little to do with indigenous customs of the past. The contributions to this volume describe approaches to the transformation and variation of houses, present applications of these approaches in case studies of specific Sumatran cultures, widen the perspective through the inclusion of a number of cultures from outside Sumatra (namely from Flores, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Paluíe, and Roti), and consider settlements. In pursuit of the cultural dimension of houses, the contributions focus on villages and towns, exploring their cosmological and symbolic organization. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Indonesian Houses: Tradition and ...
Publisher: Singapore University Press
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Kitlv Press, Leiden, Netherlands, 2003. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Published. 6" x 9 1/2". Clean, tight, square and bright copy bound in laminated, illustrated paper wraps. Slight wear at forecorners, otherwise unmarked and fine. An inter-ethnic comparison of architectural structures in Indonesia reveals a rich diversity but with fundamental similarities. 16 essays are grouped into sections: 1) approaches to transformation and variation of houses, 2) applications to specific Sumatran cultures, 3) applications to Flores, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Palu'e, and Roti, 4) structure of settlements. 527 pages includes index, glossary, B&W illustrations, photos, and site plans. Bookseller Inventory # 2080138465