Tony Crook

in Anthropological Knowledge, Secrecy and Bolivip, Papua New Guinea

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264003
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734151 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs


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Some gardeners say that they think sorrowfully about their children whilst they work, of how they might one day return to the same place and remember their parent cutting trees and carrying a heavy net-bag of taros back to the village. Clearing a garden from primary forest is a larger task than clearing regrowth, yet people insist on the appetite-satisfying quality. Certain important trees should not be cut down, and remain as markers of previous garden sites and for hunting trips. Differences between the movements of more junior and more senior men are also evident in the yolam during the sum wok takamin rite. The events after the showing of mafum-ban are described. Mafum-ban intends two apparently alternate effects, preparing the young men for marriage by making them irresistibly handsome, and preparing them for fighting by making them devastatingly violent.

Keywords: kuk; garden; primary forest; mafum-ban; yolam; sum wok takamin

Chapter.  12300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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