Manus Religion: An Ethnological Study of the Manus Natives of the Admiralty Islands

Manus Religion: An Ethnological Study of the Manus Natives of the Admiralty Islands

Manus Religion: An Ethnological Study of the Manus Natives of the Admiralty Islands

Manus Religion: An Ethnological Study of the Manus Natives of the Admiralty Islands

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This book, resulting from my field work amongst the Manus fisher folk of the Admiralty Islands, runs true to title. It is about the spiritualistic cult of these people, and about their system of morals which the oracles, representing the ghosts, enforce and sanction. "Manus Religion," unlike "Sorcerers of Dobu," my previous record of my first field work under the Australian National Research Council, is not an account of social organisation, trade and economics, mythology and dance songs, but an account only of the supernatural cult and moral system of a people. The reason for this is that I stand responsible for an account of only a part of Manus culture, another part of it being accounted for in the writings of my wife, Dr.Margaret Mead, who accompanied me on the Admiralty Island expedition, while much of the Manus mythology has been published with texts by Father P. J. Meier. An early account of the Admiralty Islanders with some specific material on the Manus tribe is that of R. Parkinson. I published in 1931 a summary account of the Manus Religion. I have yet to write of Manus rituals of . . .

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