Master poets, ritual masters

Master poets, ritual masters

The art of oral composition among the Rotenese of Eastern Indonesia

Master poets, ritual mastersAuthored by: James J. Fox orcid

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This is a study in oral poetic composition. It examines how oral poets compose their recitations. Specifically, it is a study of the recitations of 17 separate master poets from the Island of Rote recorded over a period of 50 years. Each of these poets offers his version of what is culturally considered to be the ‘same’ ritual chant. These compositions are examined in detail and their oral formulae are carefully compared to one another.

Professor James J. Fox is an anthropologist who carried out his doctoral field research on the Island of Rote in eastern Indonesia in 1965–66. In 1965, he began recording the oral traditions of the island and developed a close association with numerous oral poets on the island. After many subsequent visits, in 2006, he began a nine-year project that brought groups of oral poets to Bali for week-long recording sessions. Recitations gathered over a period of 50 years are the basis for this book.

Details

ISBN (print):
9781760460051
ISBN (online):
9781760460068
Publication date:
Apr 2016
Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/MPRM.04.2016
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History, Linguistics; Social Sciences: Anthropology
Countries:
Southeast Asia

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Part I

  1. Introduction: Suti Solo do Bina Bane (PDF, 638KB)
  2. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version I from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 945KB)
  3. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version II from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 601KB)
  4. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version III from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 476KB)
  5. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version IV from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 197KB)
  6. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version V from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 188KB)
  7. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version VI from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 204KB)
  8. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version VII from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 511KB)
  9. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Versions VIII and IX from the Domain of Termanu (PDF, 451KB)
  10. Suti Solo do Bina Bane as a Personal Composition (PDF, 523KB)
  11. Poetic Authority and Formulaic Composition (PDF, 391KB)

Part II

  1. Historical Diversity and Dialect Differences on Rote (PDF, 739KB)
  2. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: A Version from the Domain of Landu (PDF, 499KB)
  3. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: A Version from the Domain of Ringgou (PDF, 654KB)
  4. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: A Version from the Domain of Bilba (PDF, 800KB)
  5. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: A Version from the Domain of Ba’a (PDF, 162KB)
  6. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version I from the Domain of Thie (PDF, 921KB)
  7. Suti Solo do Bina Bane: Version II from the Domain of Thie (PDF, 503KB)
  8. Suti Saik ma Bina Liuk: Two Versions from the Domain of Dengka (PDF, 362KB)
  9. Suti Saik ma Bina Liuk: A Composition from the Domain of Dengka (PDF, 565KB)
  10. Suti Sai ma Bina Liu from the Domain of Oenale (PDF, 385KB)
  11. Traditions of Oral Formulaic Composition across the Island of Rote (PDF, 345KB)

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