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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 Past in Action

The Past in Action

The Rites of the Kodi Year

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The Play of Time

Janet Hoskins

University of California Press

The rites of the Kodi year involve an oscillation between constraint and excess, strict discipline and Rabelaisian rejoicing, which helps to define the polarities of both social life and the year. The nale festivities and pasola battle provide a unifying, centering focus for Kodi collective life, defining a shared order and ritual discipline for the whole domain. However, they also offer an occasion for contests, both physical and verbal, that reveal underlying tensions. The outer frame of the calendar is set by prohibitions. As outlined in mythic narratives, the autochthones are excluded, displaced by the descendants of Rato Mangilo and Rato Pokilo, who take over the center. The rites of the year bring people together, assembling them into a totality that observes a single annual rhythm of activities and acknowledges a single source of fertility in the nale spirit which comes from the sea.

Keywords:   rites, Kodi, nale, festivities, pasola, calendar, autochthones, Rato Mangilo, Rato Pokilo, fertility

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