Shadow and Sound Shadow and Sound Shadow and Sound: The Historical Thought of a Sumatran People the Historical Thought of a Sumatran People the Histor

Siegel, James

| 1979

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Atjeh was a kingdom in northern Sumatra which had a long history ofrebellion and unrest. As a Mulim Sultanate from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, Atjeh engaged in internalpolitical struggle. Since the nineteenth century, Atjeh has been under Dutch, Japanese, or Indonesian control - domination to which the Atjeh never passively yielded. In "Shadow and Sound" James Siegel arges that the Atjehnese view of history, as expressed in the language of their epic poetry, is based not on the fixing of historical fact, but on a flow of words that is actually immune to the past. Siegel traces the Atjehnese treatment of history through two epics and a folktale. In his interpretation he goes beyond the idea tht texts such as these are semi-accurate historical documents to show tht tempo, rhythm, rhyme, and melody replace the significance of the content. Furthermore, he uncovers which Atjehnese...

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