By Robert Knox Dentan
This strong ethnography of a humans believed to be the least violent on the planet explores how they preserve peaceable relatives even below the main dire situations. Robert Knox Dentan, the world's most efficient student of Semai, brings its contributors vividly to lifestyles. His publication comprises translations in their poetry, dramatized money owed of specific occasions, and narratives of their personal phrases. all through, the writer highlights the mechanisms and prices of peace, underscoring their relevance to daily life in all societies. scholars and students of peace stories, clash solution, ethnography, and Southeast Asia will locate this specific paintings a useful and compelling research.
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W]hat you are seeing is hearsay . . hearsay after the event, like a newspaper report, or the Bible. And that’s the best way to think of it: maybe the only sensible way, if you’re going to think of it at all. Just dots of colour or beats of sound. Just words on a page. (Mosby 2003:2, 4) How easy it is to bury the reality of the slaving that the pious, horrified Abdullah describes in the politically correct prose of the one-time official Protector of Aborigines. To understand what was going on, you need to understand what it felt like.
And we have machine guns. “And we have mortars. “We have all kinds of weapons. “We can’t beat the Humans, “whatever we have, “See how they make war: “rustlerustle here, “rustlerustle there, “rustlerustle everywhere. “bodies invisible. “Since we can’t beat the Human race, “DON’T you wage this war. “So now we FORESWEAR war, “Since we foreswear war, this will be a zone of PEACE . ” 32 Chapter 1 The Peace Conference Tniweey was patriarch among Raweey headmen in command in the old days. He advised every person in every river basin throughout the area.
Never wore pants, just a dirty blue-checked sarong he’d hike up, sometimes as high as a loincloth. Pak Pegar, Uncle Fireback Pheasant, we called him, because he smoked so much opium that his eyes were always red like the pheasant’s. ’ Fierce mustache, bristled like steel needles. Made him look like a panglima, a war chief, but in a month he wouldn’t kill a single person, not even a Sakai slave.