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The Architecture of Life and Death in Borneo
 
 
Author
Robert L. Winzeler.
Publisher Hawaii  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 8.4 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780824826321
Pages/Publication Date 208/2004
Daedalus Item Code 30132
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Visitors to modern Borneo are unlikely to find many examples of the indigenous architecture pictured in explorers' journals; few of the longhouses, mortuary monuments, and other traditional structures were ever expected to last long in the humid tropical environment. Yet just as these forms were being abandoned or transformed, traditional Borneo structures began to attract greater attention and be put to new religious, economic, and political uses. Christian churches started incorporating the shapes and symbols of local cosmology and ritual into their designs and embellishments, while tourists began visiting longhouses, leading to the creation of whole resorts based on longhouse themes, and to efforts by the Indonesian government to save the few remaining longhouses in Kalimantan, and construct replicas of others. Drawing on the author's extensive research and travel in Borneo, this impressive and original study offers a wide-ranging and thorough account of this architecture, describing traditional built forms in terms of tools and materials, the environmental context, village organization, and social arrangements, as well as its symbols, especially those dealing with life and death.
 
 
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