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Title: Tourism and the Search for Culture in Manggarai
Authors: Erb, M. 
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Erb, M. (2001). Tourism and the Search for Culture in Manggarai. Anthropologie et Societes 25 (2) : 93-108. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper discusses how tourism - along with a number of other historical processes such as enculturation & postcolonial nation-building - have affected Manggaraians' perception of their culture. In Manggarai, western Flores (Indonesia), people have traditionally played a game with whips during the harvest season & during marriage rituals, in which men display their skills & try not to be wounded by each other's whips. This game has become a tourist attraction. For Manggaraians, the game holds increasing importance as a means of promoting their culture, both for tourism, but also for national & regional identity construction. How the game is perceived in various contexts is explored here, particularly what different Manggaraian people think about playing this game for tourists as opposed to playing it in a ritual context. Through the example of this whip contest, this paper will examine how the idea of "culture" is constructed in Manggarai - as "heritage," "object," & "information" - & what role tourism plays in this construction.
Source Title: Anthropologie et Societes
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/130292
ISSN: 07028997
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