The Molucca Islands are still suffering from the after-effects of the violence of 1999. That violence between Muslims and Christians started on Ambon in January 1999 and spread to the North Molucca Islands in December 1999. Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta analysed this Moluccan conflict within the broader framework of the changes that the Indonesian district Galela has recently undergone.
She focused on the role of rituals as powerful mechanisms for both creating solidarity and for increasing conflict. Ritual was found to unite and mobilise people in a confrontation with real or supposed outsiders, but it also helped them to reach an agreement after the confrontation.
During her research, the researcher lived among the population of Ngidiho in North Halmahera. Halmahera is the biggest of the Moluccan Islands and both Muslims and Christians live there. The anthropologist studied the everyday customs of the residents there and from this she reconstructed the social history of the village.
Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta | alfa
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