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The Fundamentals of Feasts

Brian Hayden

in Feasting in Southeast Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824856267
eISBN:
9780824873059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856267.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This introduction discusses why feasts are important to study for both archaeologists and ethnographers, especially at the transegalitarian level. It sets out the major concepts of transegalitarian ... More


The Akha, “Rife with Feasts”: Brian Hayden and Ralana Maneeprasert

Brian Hayden

in Feasting in Southeast Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824856267
eISBN:
9780824873059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856267.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The Akha constitute the relatively poor end of the hill tribe spectrum, but they have a wide range of feasts that employ the available surplus production. This chapter shows how Akha feasts support ... More


Tribal Feasting in Vietnam

Brian Hayden

in Feasting in Southeast Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824856267
eISBN:
9780824873059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856267.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Vietnam has an unusual number and diversity of hill tribe groups. Some of these still lived in long houses until recently. These groups provided important information on how feasting differed in ... More


The Sumban Megalithic Feasting Complex

Brian Hayden

in Feasting in Southeast Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824856267
eISBN:
9780824873059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856267.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

The most active and still vibrant megalithic tradition in Southeast Asia is probably found in Sumba. Given the importance of megaliths and their interpretation in prehistoric archaeology, and given ... More


Conclusions: Explaining Feasts

Brian Hayden

in Feasting in Southeast Asia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824856267
eISBN:
9780824873059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856267.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter addresses the question of why people spend lavishly to host feasts, and what they hope to gain from doing so. Ephemeral status is contrasted with practical benefits. The role of ideology ... More


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