Religious Festivals in Contemporary Southeast Asia
The essays explore embodied narratives in which the connections between religion and nationalism, globality and locality, tourism and politics are drawn. While religious festivals are expressions of communal faith, they empower as well political, social, and economic networks. Here, festival performances are considered to be pivotal elements in the life of local communities, representing relatively comprehensive understandings of the dynamics these communities enact.
Emphasizing the Philippines, the essays demonstrate how religious festivals are windows into the identity of their observers as well as their participants. As extraordinary occasions where transgressive behaviors may be played out and displayed publicly, festivals negotiate cultural identities.
Investigating these various dimensions of festival life, Religious Festivals in Contemporary Southeast Asia advances the understanding of distinctively Southeast ASian formations of public culture, offering perspectives from ethnomusicology, comparative literature, history, and religious, cultural, dance, and performance studies that collectively challenge disciplinary boundaries.