The men who felled the money tree. Concepts of exchange and society among the Rmeet of Takheung, Laos
This is the first monograph on the Rmeet since 50 years, a community of the highlands of Laos. Focus is the question which kind of relationships are necessary to reproduce this society. For this purpose the author discusses rituals and socio-cosmic gift exchange, which constitutes persons, houses, and villages. Also, trade, the national state, and interethnic relations are discussed. By combining classical ethnographic topics with a history- and globalization-conscious perspective the dynamic picture of a local value system emerges.