Hajatan in Pekayon. Feste bei Heirat und Beschneidung in einem westjavanischen Dorf
(Münchner Beiträge zur Völkerkunde. Beiheft 1.2001)
München: Verlag des Staatlichen Museums für Völkerkunde 2001
160 pp., Euro 17.90; ISBN 3-927270-27-X

Hajatan in Pekayon. Festivals at marriage and circumcision in West Javanese village
In this book Appel starts by describing festivities/ceremonies on the eve of marriage receptions (upacara mangkeng) and on the occasion of circumcisions, based on fieldwork in 1993. In a second step she portrays formerly common rice cultivation ceremonies - and the further processing of rice, up to cooking. This includes the (first) complete translation of myths pertaining to these ceremonies. In a third part Appel analyzes the function of the rice goddess (Déwi Sri) in wedding and circumcision festivities according to old reports. Prayers in these reports are likewise translated for the first time. The Sulanjana and Lutung Kasarung tales show the mythological equation of humans and rice, the common genealogy or origin of humans and rice, and hence their present deep relationship.

Keywords: rice and humans, Déwi Sri, upacara mangkeng, Sulanjana tale, Lutung Kasarung tale, marriage at Pekayon, circumcision