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Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier (review)

Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier (review) book and media reviews 243 I fundamentally disagree with women. The myths linking initiation Herdt when he asserts: “To interpret rituals with secrecy and the procre- ritual secrecy as a lie or hoax, or pri- ative powers of woman are, as Herdt marily as a sham or game, was to and Bamberger point out, partly underrate the wonderfully terrifying about men’s secret appropriation of complexities of Melanesian precolo- women’s powers of reproduction, but nial life” (220). Those accused of this they may also be about the procre- sin (Barth, Hogbin, Tuzin, and Read) ative nature of secrecy and fictions. have produced some of the richest andrew lattas ethnography of men’s house cultures. University of Newcastle, Herdt cannot accept ethnography Australia that documents the ambiguous and ambivalent nature of public secrecy, *** the nature of the complicities (and the complicity with complicity) that made Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: social life possible. All Melanesia is The Limits of the Nation on an assimilated to his Sambian model of Indonesian Frontier, by Danilyn ritual secrecy as progressively disclos- Rutherford. Princeton and Oxford: ing truths. Here Herdt suffers from Princeton University Press, 2003. the sin he projects onto those he isbn http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (1) – Jan 27, 2005

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book and media reviews 243 I fundamentally disagree with women. The myths linking initiation Herdt when he asserts: “To interpret rituals with secrecy and the procre- ritual secrecy as a lie or hoax, or pri- ative powers of woman are, as Herdt marily as a sham or game, was to and Bamberger point out, partly underrate the wonderfully terrifying about men’s secret appropriation of complexities of Melanesian precolo- women’s powers of reproduction, but nial life” (220). Those accused of this they may also be about the procre- sin (Barth, Hogbin, Tuzin, and Read) ative nature of secrecy and fictions. have produced some of the richest andrew lattas ethnography of men’s house cultures. University of Newcastle, Herdt cannot accept ethnography Australia that documents the ambiguous and ambivalent nature of public secrecy, *** the nature of the complicities (and the complicity with complicity) that made Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: social life possible. All Melanesia is The Limits of the Nation on an assimilated to his Sambian model of Indonesian Frontier, by Danilyn ritual secrecy as progressively disclos- Rutherford. Princeton and Oxford: ing truths. Here Herdt suffers from Princeton University Press, 2003. the sin he projects onto those he isbn

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Published: Jan 27, 2005

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