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 Post subject: Bag from Bill Hornaday
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:03 am 
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The very nice old bag that Bill shows at the beginning of this thread is not from Borneo or Iban. It is from the Island of Timor and most likely from the Atoni group. These bags were used often for Betel Nut supplies, but could have been used for carrying other substances and valuables. The age may be correct, but most likely it is older.

I have a nice collection of these bags and related material made in the same techique and combinations of others. There are head bands, waist aprons, cuffs, and other items that are part of a man's head-hunting regalia.

Several books on Indonesia art, show some of these items, including "Spendid Symbols" on pages 180-182.

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 Post subject: further afield?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2004 10:34 pm 
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It seems clear that these particular design elements have traveled far afield without any Buddhistic content. Timor, of course, lies off the NW coast of Australia. And like many former colonies, the majority of Timorese are Catholic, and were already Catholic when this beautiful bag was made.

Bill, I think it was the Mon who first became Buddhists. Srivijaya was a Hindu kingdom with a minority Buddhist population; Angkor Wat was built by Hindus, and actually Theravada Buddhism replaced Hinduism, and Hinduism itself was replaced by Islam In Malaysia and the islands. Only Bali still retains vestiges of its Hindu past.

Theravada Buddhist is practiced in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. By the time you reach Vietnam, one looks at both Mahayana Buddhism and Catholicism. A good rule of thumb is: when one looks at the states in SEAsia most influenced by India and were Hindu, the Buddhism is Theravada; in areas that were mostly influenced by Chinese, and were Mahayanist.

Hope this helps.

Sandie


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