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Tuma Underworld of Love

Erotic and other narrative songs of the Trobriand Islanders and their spirits of the dead

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The Trobriand Islanders' eschatological belief system explains what happens when someone dies. Bronislaw Malinowski described essentials of this eschatology in his articles "e;Baloma: the Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands"e; and "e;Myth in Primitive Psychology"e;. There he also presented the Trobrianders' belief that a "e;baloma"e; can be reborn; he claimed that Trobrianders are unaware of the father's role as genitor. This volume presents a critical review of Malinowski's ethnography of Trobriand eschatology - finally settling the "e;virgin birth"e; controversy. It also documents the ritualized and highly poetic "e;wosi milamala"e; - the harvest festival songs. They are sung in an archaic variety of Kilivila called "e;biga baloma"e; - the baloma language. Malinowski briefly refers to these songs but does not mention that they codify many aspects of Trobriand eschatology. The songs are still sung at specific occasions; however, they are now moribund. With these songs Trobriand eschatology will vanish.


Titel: Tuma Underworld of Love
Autoren/Herausgeber: Gunter Senft
Aus der Reihe: Culture and Language Use

ISBN/EAN: 9789027284693

Seitenzahl: 156
Produktform: E-Book
Sprache: Englisch - Newsletter
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