The Resource The Feast in Dream Village, (evideo)

The Feast in Dream Village, (evideo)

Label
The Feast in Dream Village
Title
The Feast in Dream Village
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Summary
The eastern Indonesian island of Sumba is the last island in the Malay archipelago where the majority of the people still follow their ancestral religion, called marapu. This film, shot in 1986, focuses on a challenge to the authority of the spirits and ancestors in a village ritual to restore fertility after a fire and famine. Narrated by the priests who communicate with the spirits in prayers and sacrifices, it documents a week of offerings, dancing and oratory in "Dream Village" in the western Kodi district. The name comes from a dream of prosperity the village founder once had, and dreams are also the ways in which priests are called to serve the spirits. In the film, the head priest - a charismatic but fiery older man - leads the prayers and directs the order of the ceremony, but his authority is challenged when the sponsor and singer agree to delay certain stages to wait for the arrival of guests (some of them part of the Christian minority, who will come to the feast after they have attended church services). The head priest explodes and threatens to leave the ceremony if his authority is not respected, arguing that the invisible audience of spirits is more important than the visible one of human beings. He is finally pacified and paid with his share of meat, but he boycotts the final stages of the ceremony, when the souls of the buffalo sacrificed are guided out of the village and led along a pathway traced by buffalo horns to the "heavenly corral" of the upper world. The focus on a point of conflict about ritual protocol sheds light in the transformations of Sumbanese society in the 1980s, which would eventually lead to an increased number of conversions to Christianity by the dawn of the 21st century. This small-scale drama shows a pagan community feeling pressure from government efforts to restrict sacrifices (through a slaughter tax) and inter-generational tensions about ritual authority. A younger priest, training to replace his father and assume a leadership role in the traditional religion, offers the most complete explanations and commentaries. A more complete analysis of the feast depicted in this film can be found in Chapter 8 of The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on Calendars, History and Exchange (University of California Press 1994), and in the 1993 American Ethnologist article "Violence, Sacrifice and Divination: Giving and Taking Life in Eastern Indonesia" 20 (1): 159-178
Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 1988
Language note
In English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hoskins, Janet
  • Scheerer Whitney, Laura
  • Kanopy
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
26
Technique
live action
Label
The Feast in Dream Village, (evideo)
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Publication
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  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1049214
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1049214
  • (OCoLC)921955008
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
The Feast in Dream Village, (evideo)
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1049214
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1049214
  • (OCoLC)921955008
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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