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An Innocent in the Garden of Eden

Terence E. Hays

in Ethnographic Presents

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077454
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077454.003.0005
An Innocent in the Garden of Eden

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The Kugika had been a very large group before their enemies had decimated and scattered them; but later, as a very small group, they had fought the Kondika again and put them to flight. This chapter states that the Kugi–Kondika enmity was notorious as the most bitter and long lasting in the area, and that the Kugika had a formidable reputation for fighting. Kugika territory is dominated by a series of ridges jutting from the foothills of the Kubor Range into the Wahgi basin like the deformed fingers of a giant hand. Most of the “women's houses,” where the pigs slept, were on the rims of deep wooded gullies where they could root all day. Group and individual “men's houses” were nestled in groves of bamboo and sugarcane. It was evident very early on that the men of the Kugika organized their lives in terms of group membership.

Keywords: Kugika; Kondika; Kubor Range; Wahg; group; membership

Chapter.  14992 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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