Why is Maize a Sacred Plant? Social History and Agrarian Change on Sumba

  title={Why is Maize a Sacred Plant? Social History and Agrarian Change on Sumba},
  author={Cynthia Twyford Fowler},
ABSTRACT Why has maize, a plant with origins in the New World, become ritually important in an indigenous Southeast Asian religion? While environmental conditions and agricultural economics are key determinants of everyday resource management practices in insular Southeast Asia, it is necessary to consider ethnic identity, political economy, and social structure in order to understand the religious significance of natural resources in contemporary society. Linguistic, cosmological, and… 


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  • W. Keane
  • Sociology
    Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • 1995
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