Apart from Ethno-History: Cholthira Satyawadhna’s Inspired Digressions

For one of my seminars here at Cornell[1] we have been working on anthropologist Cholthira Satyawadhna’s thesis on Lawa ethno-history[2]. I really liked her opening, and thought it was worth sharing:

Cholthira Satyawadhna, The Dispossessed, 1991, p iv

Cholthira Satyawadhna, The Dispossessed, 1991, p iv

Ithaca, October 29, 2013, Emiko Stock.

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[1] Making History on the Margins: The China-Southeast Asia Borderlands with Magnus Fiskesjö.

[2] Cholthira Satyawadhna 1991 The dispossessed: An anthropological reconstruction of Lawa ethnohistory in the light of their relationship with the Tai, Unpublished Ph.D. diss. Canberra: Australian National University.

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Chams Clichés (3) – Mawlid Celebrations: Sweet Treats for the Dead & the Living

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Udong, September 2007 ©Emiko Stock - Traditional Mawlid cakes made by Imam San are being put up on the flashy Kah Lasai as celebration displays.

Udong, September 2007 ©Emiko Stock – Traditional Mawlid cakes made by Imam San are being put up on the flashy Kah Lasai as celebration displays.

In some Cham villages in Cambodia, the air has seemed milder for several days with the sweet-scented promise of delicacies to come. A pleasant smell of frying escapes from homes between Udong and Battambang. It announces the post-harvest season, the time for a treat for the palates. The cakes especially prepared for Mawlid celebrations will soon be ready so the saints can be celebrated. In Arabic, Mawlid traditionally refers to the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Continue reading

About The King Father… (also about Khmer Islam…)

A year ago Norodom Sihanouk, the King Father, the Father of the Nation, posthumous Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh, went away. There is a sentence in the Rig Veda that I found profoundly beautiful and appropriate, three months later, when he was cremated: Continue reading