By Harvey Whitehouse
Via a detailed exam of 4 Melanesian spiritual traditions, Whitehouse identifies a collection of recurrent interconnections among forms of spiritual transmission, platforms of reminiscence, and styles of political organization. He argues that those interconnections may perhaps make clear a number of basic difficulties in historical past, archaeology, and social conception.
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Much of the literature about Singapore during the colonial period gives the impression that because it was a free port for goods, all peoples were welcomed there as well. ”23 The notion of welcoming anybody, if not accurate, has been pervasive. The port emphasized transience, making Singapore not a final destination but a stopover. ”24 The reduction of Singapore to a commercial space—a place people go to shop, to pass through on the way to someplace else—still happens today. It may be by plane, not by boat, but the theme of transience remains.
Tiffin now has a symbolic value beyond its culinary definition; the menu, rather than offering the traditional idea of a light meal, is actually a buffet of predominately Northern Indian foods. In this context, tiffin signifies British Empire and reflects Anglo India as the epitome of empire. The hotel describes the Tiffin Room as reflecting the “hotel’s glory days from the turn of the century to the 1930s” and attempts to make the space “feel” colonial. The furniture and tableware designs and the uniforms of the staff who serve in the restaurant replicate those worn in the “glory days,” and even the badges on the waiters’ uniforms reference the past.
At a spatial level, British administrators in Singapore, as in other colonial contexts, felt the need to separate colonizer from colonized. 14 With its architecture of empire—churches, post offices, hotels, and civil service buildings—Singapore looked the part. It featured tennis clubs, private clubs, the race course, and other exclusively white spaces of empire. ” As a free port, Singapore facilitated the flow of goods around the world. Items from Europe, not just Britain, flowed into Asia via Singapore.
Arguments and Icons: Divergent Modes of Religiosity by Harvey Whitehouse