The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo

The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo

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Present-day travelers visiting Borneo to see the marvelous buildings pictured in books are liable to wonder if they somehow ended up in the wrong place. Much of the architecture of Borneo and other areas of the humid tropics was never intended to last and, built as it is of wood and other organic materials, last it has not. Among Borneo's spectacular indigenous buildings, the longhouses, mortuary monuments, and other architectural forms of the interior are some of the most outstanding, and much of the renewed interest in indigenous architecture has focused on the rapidly vanishing or now extinct traditional forms of a small number of surviving examples or recreations. Drawing on the author's extensive research and travel in Borneo, this impressive and original study offers a more comprehensive account of this architecture than any previous work. Organized into two sections, the book first documents and explains traditional built forms in terms of tools and materials, the environmental context, village organization and social arrangements. This section includes a full discussion of architecture designs and symbolism, especially those dealing with life and death. The author next look136-137; regimes in Borneo, 2, 3, 12, 30, 42-43, 52, 57, 66, 68, 75, 132, 135, 185n. ... 174, 174; as a problem for tourist longhouses, 175, 176 cosmology, 10, 11, 38. ... lumber), 22, 122 Dutch colonial regime tin KalimantanI, 3, 10, 30, 37, 37 , 75; attitudes and policies regarding longhouses, 137-138 electric wiring and longhouse fires, 149 electricity. ... See anthropology and ethnology Europe, 3, 171 European, 2, 76; accounts, 116; missionaries, 134, 164; rule, 57, 136; visitors , 8, 114.

Title:The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo
Author: Robert L. Winzeler
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press - 2004-01

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