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The Play of TimeKodi Perspectives on Calendars, History, and Exchange$
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Janet Hoskins

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080034

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080034.001.0001

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The Imported Past

The Imported Past

Foreign Sources of Power

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(p.29) 1 The Imported Past
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The Play of Time
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Janet Hoskins

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520080034.003.0002

The history of events in Kodi thus remains largely obscure, at least before the beginning of this century. However, one can glimpse certain larger processes, through which ideas of foreign authority were taken up and incorporated into notions of indigenous origins. The imitation and assimilation of incompletely understood foreign powers was sometimes accompanied by a disavowal of their real origins, with foreign objects redefined as “indigenous” and made the basis of local claims to rule. This chapter's treatment of themes in the island's history focuses on the interactions between the Sumbanese and four foreign places, each of which had a significant impact on both the events themselves and the perceptions of the nature of power and its deployment. These are “Java” (more a mythical construct than a reference to the actual island), Bima (on the island of Sumbawa), Ende (on the island of Flores), and Batavia (capital of the Netherlands East Indies).

Keywords:   Kodi, powers, Sumbanese, deployment, Java, Bima, Sumbawa, Ende, Flores, Batavia

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