50 / Longing for the House of God, Dwelling in the House of the Ancestors

Tule, Philipus
Local Belief, Christianity, and Islam among the Kéo of Central Flores 2004 XXVI-366 p. Fr. 75.- / EUR 50.- ISBN 3-7278-1478-0

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Philipus Tule

Longing for the House of God, Dwelling in the House of the Ancestors

Local Belief, Christianity, and Islam among the Kéo of Central Flores

Collection : Studia Instituti Anthropos, volume 50

The society of Keo of Central Flores, Eastern Indonesia, houses pervasive treasures of religions, culture, and history. Apart from introducing a hitherto undescribed population, this book, which is derived from the author’s extended research and living experiences among the Keo, presents analysis on major issues of religion, culture, identity, and local ideology involving rituals, social organization, and marriage alliance within the frame of anthropology of religion. Although, most of the Keo are Muslims and Catholics, they still perceive their local beliefs and culture as part of their identity. For the Keo people, Islam and Christianity are not only the practiced religions embedded in their Holy Books but also the basis for what they believe and do everyday, how they live in their traditional « house-based » and « basket-based » contexts. The monotheistic beliefs acquire certain elements from Keo culture and in turn, Keo culture adopts and adapts certain elements from both monotheistic faiths and ways of life. One typical characteristic of Keo society is that the inculturation the interaction between the monotheistic religions and Keo culture – both in Islam and Catholicism stems not only from the contextualization and the renewal movement of these monotheistic religions but also from a deeprooted and continuing subconscious adherence to their local beliefs, which produces a harmonious and tolerant culture based on land, settlement, house, consanguineous and affinal relationships.

Philipus Tule was born in 1953 at Kolinggi, Flores, Eastern Indonesia. He joined the Society of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) and studied at St. Paul Major Seminary, Ledalero, Flores, from 1975 to 1984. In 1988, he got the Master degree in Islamology from the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Rome ; in 2001, the PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University, Canberra.

XXVI-366 pages, paperback,
Fr. 75.- / EUR 50.-
ISBN 3-7278-1478-0