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Hallo Mister Puttymann: Bei den Toraja in Indonesien

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Note: This book has been republished as The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut. After Nigel Barley's insurance company determined that anthropology was not a hazardous sport, he was free to set off for Torajaland, a remote district of Indonesia. His visit sparked an enduring love afair which led his friends, the Torajans, to London. Their hilarious visit makes a fitting ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published 1999 by dtv (first published April 1st 1989)
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The author is an anthropologist who submerses himself in an anything-but-objective way into the lives of the people he is studying. I don't know if this makes him a good scientist or not, but it does make him a very amusing writer.

He is so full of good will and good humour and a desire to do right by his subjects that he goes as far as bringing them over to London to build a traditional rice barn in a museum. These people live very untechnological lives where traffic, fast food, sprung mattress
Paul Bryant
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel

Nigel Barley is one of the drollest, most rueful, most self-deprecating and all-round most charming of people – he’s an English anthropologist who writes funny books about his experiences in obscure parts of the world – the two I already read, “The Innocent Anthropologist” and “Ceremony”, were about life in Cameroon, Western Africa, both are RECOMMENDED and will make you howl. This one is about the Torajans of Indonesia.

I give you a couple of examples.

It is always slightly shocking to be in a country where Christianiexamples.
César Lasso
Nigel Barley, el autor del divertidísimo "El antropólogo inocente", no decepciona en la amena divulgación de su ciencia. En esta ocasión, viaja a la isla de Sulawesi en Indonesia en busca del pueblo toraja. Allí transcurre la mayor parte de este libro tierno y entretenido, no exento de su habitual sentido del humor. Y, como colofón, se lleva durante tres meses a cuatro toraja a Londres para que construyan un granero de arroz en un museo. El choque cultural y la interesante capacidad de adaptació ...more
What a wonderful book! Traditionally the anthropological book is crammed full of facts, whether important or not, there is no humour and it's as if the anthropologist is having to prove his worth. Nigel Barley's approach, the humour, the go-with-the-flow approach to travel and the bonding with those he meets makes this far easier to read. Right from the beginning you start to chuckle as Nigel explains this trip was inspired by his insurance company stating that anthropology is not a hazardous sp ...more
Michael Bohli
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, non-fiction
Nigel Barley ist ein Anthropologe, einer der wunderbar unterhaltsame Bücher schreibt, der seine Erlebnisse mit viel Humor darlegt und damit immer unterhält. Die Reise nach Indonesien ist von Beginn an ein flottes und frisches Buch, die Begegnungen und Momente werden extrem amüsant dargeboten.

Dass man dabei auch noch vieles über die Kulturen und den Schwierigkeiten bei solchen Begegnungen erfährt, spricht für Barley. Grossartig wird das Buch gegen den Schluss, wenn sich eine Gruppe In
Too damn funny for anthropology haha. An anthropologist friend of mine introduced Barley to me some years ago. He liked "The Innocent Anthropologist," I thought it was okay. Somehow I felt Barley didn't like the Africans he studied all that much. This book is waaay a lot funnier. According to me lah. Bias as an Indonesian and all. I read somewhere that Barley now divides his life between England and Indonesia. Can tell that he's lost to us, the hugging and crying sentimental Indonesians, hehehe.
Dennise Ardi
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in anticipation to my first ever trip to Toraja (or East Indonesia since i've not venture that far east of the archipelago). The book was written sometime ago in an amusing way. It provides a glimpse to the strange but interesting cultures of the people in Toraja as well as its natural beauty. Would recommend the book as a starter guide to Toraja.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was first published in eighty-eight and close to thirty years later I can attest that road infrastructure in Sulawesi remains poor, the scene of the minivan hurling on unpaved roads is familiar and the number of mosques and churches built and under construction seems disproportionate given the (small) size of the local communities.

This book promises fascinating insight into the Toraja and fails to deliver. Seventy eight pages in and the author is still on his way to Sulawes
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es maravilloso, estoy enamorada de la forma de escribir de este señor. Es tronchante, tierno, instructivo, entretenido, todo a la vez. Confieso que me ha llevado más de un año terminar este libro, pero ¿sabéis ese tipo de lecturas que dejas en la mesita de noche para leer sin prisas? ¿Esas que puedes aparcar durante meses y luego retomar sin problemas? No es una lectura adictiva, pero en el buen sentido: no hay ansias, ni estrés. Puedes leer tres páginas y apagar la luz. Es una obra d ...more
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Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
> Airports are the deceitful but unavoidable purveyors of our first impressions of another part of the world.

A book of platitudes like that. But, wait, the guy is a professional so he knows better.

And even if you get past the worthless observations, the book is filled with the usual institutionalized racism and politically correctness. "relatively unknown" meaning irrelevant for other rich White people. But hey, anything is good when you have to make a career on the ta

Disfruté tanto en su día con "El antropólogo inocente" que voy a intentar leer el resto de libros de Barley. Con "No es un deporte de riesgo" tenía altas expectativas, especialmente por las singularidades del pueblo toraja y su particular relación con la muerte. Por desgracia creo que el libro se queda corto: la parte introductoria, antes de llegar a Sulawesi, es para mi gusto demasiado larga y, en cambio, creo que las singularidades del pueblo toraja podrían haber ofrecido más
Elisa Martínez
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esa antropología romántica que se cuestiona a sí misma y se reconstruye. Una etnografía sumamente ingeniosa y divertida. Acompañada de la reflexión sobre el colonialismo, paternalismo y la razón de ser de la antropología. Maravilloso texto.
4.5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling to Indonesia with Nigel Barley. His great descriptions, his self-deprecating humour and his obvious affection for the people he met made this a wonderful armchair adventure. I can't wait to read more by him.
Mergenc Pater
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ez a könyv egy tünemény; kicsit olyan, mint Durrell, csak emberekkel* - szóval egy kis kulturális imperializmus azért van benne, de az talán elkerülhetetlen is.
Epizodikus, csapongó, vicces, érdekes, hülye aki nem olvassa.

* Tudom, jó? :)
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indonesia, travel, asia
Not a Hazardous Sport was published in 1988 by Nigel Barley, an English anthropologist who chronicled his experiences on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. (The title comes from a response he received from his insurance company, stating that that since "anthropology is not a hazardous sport," he would still have coverage during his time there.)

Aside from providing fascinating insight into the people of Sulawesi and their lifestyles (albeit in the 1980s), Barley's book is hilarious. It reminds
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Toraja haben die Kinder spitze Ohren, wie Mister Spock vom Raumschiff Enterprise. Nigel Barley wird hellhörig und macht sich auf nach Indonesien. Nach einer turbulenten Reise endlich dort angekommen, läuft ihm Johannis in die Arme, der sein Freund und Assistent wird. Ein kleines Wunder an Kunstfertigkeit sind die Reisscheunen, die die Toraja seit alters her schnitzen und bauen. Da kommt Barley eine Idee: Er nimmt Johannis und seine Freunde mit nach London, damit sie im British Museum eine ech ...more
Hernando Giraldo tenorio
Muy divertido, aunque no tanto como 'El antropólogo inocente'. En esta ocasión Barley visita a los Toraja, de Indonesia, un grupo conocido por la construcción de graneros hermosamente tallados. Su objetivo: conocer algunas de sus costumbres e intentar llevar a algunos a Londres para que construyan una réplica de un granero de arroz. Aun cuando es un texto de viaje involucra aspectos relevantes sobre los supuestos de la práctica etnográfica.
Grzegorz Chrupała
I read the Innocent Anthropologist many years ago and liked it a lot, so recently I decided to try another book by Barley. It's not as fresh and tragic-comic and the Innocent Anthropologist: he seems to get along with Indonesians much better than with West Africans and the culture gap is smaller, so there is less scope for hilarious misadventures. The running gag is how Barley is repeatedly disabused of his expectations about how a "traditional" society shoud be. Lightweight fun.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
I just love the way this author combines etnographic writing and travelogue. I think he manages to enlighten the reader about the peoples and cultures encountered without the need for adding theory - in fact his way might just be the better way to convey cultural insights.
Rachel Coleman
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh-out-loud hilarious! Now I want to follow in his steps (and my brother's steps!) and travel to Indonesia.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it over and over and still laugh out loud.
Mas Jeff
Dec 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
If your not an author, don't write!
This book is embarrassing and reading it is painful.
An easy-to-read book, rather funny about anthropology. However I wanted to learn more about Indonesia and didn't get that much information.
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
To sum up, this is a popular account of ethnography/anthropology from a fairly 'old school' and masculine perspective.
Eine nette Geschichte, wie ein britischer Anthropologe seine Liebe zum indonesischen Volk der Toraja entdeckt.
Ludique pour les anecdotes, mais théoriquement parlant niet....
Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Interesting book, made more memorable by reading it while in Indonesia. Quite a few laugh-out-loud moments!
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: auto_biog, travel
As an armchair traveller, I did enjoy this tale of Indonesia and the bringing over of some people to build a rice barn in London.
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