After the Ancestors : An Anthropologist's Story, Paperback / softback Book

After the Ancestors : An Anthropologist's Story Paperback / softback


Set on an isolated Indonesian island, this is the gripping true story of a fieldworker's experience of living in a tribal society during a period of crisis.

Featuring a cast of unforgettable characters, After the Ancestors follows a bitter feud between rivals as it escalates into murder, intrigue and revenge.

A vivid account of life within a radically different world, it also portrays a unique culture undergoing the transition from tribalism to modernity.

A century of alien rule has left the island, once famous for its warrior ethos, with a hybrid culture.

As the possibilities for heroic action recede, men raised to be orators and over-reachers rather than church elders and peasants find themselves occupying a stage too small for their personalities. 'Where can we turn', asks one tribesman, 'we who come after the ancestors?' A revenge tragedy for modern times, After the Ancestors will be enjoyed by anthropologists and general readers alike.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 372 pages, 1 Maps; 15 Halftones, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural anthropology
  • ISBN: 9781107477407



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