Creative Land: Place and Procreation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea

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Glossary

Nekgini
ai yakaapu– men’s sprit cult (tambaran)
asurung– blood
gnalo– knotted vine, each knot indicating a sunrise or sunset, for remembering dates
kaapu– spirit/ghost/spirit voice/ritual paraphernalia/group of initiated men and spirits combined
kaapu neng– spirit mother (a category of spirit secret to men’s cult; spirit voice used in performances in the open, controlled by men, and this type of spirit’s secret paraphernalia or maal)
kaapu tupong yara– water spirits (musical male tambaran spirits)
kaap sawing– wild spirit/bad spirit. Used when constructing slit-gongs and drums
kaap simang– spirit child (a category of spirit secret to men; a spirit voice used in performances inside closed spaces by men, and this type of spirit’s secret paraphernalia or maal)
kaapya tangawakting– spirit cult causes wailing and crying (by the beauty of, or memories evoked by, their performance)
kiramung– slit-gong drum
luhuZingiberaceae hornstreditia scottiana. Gorogor (gorgor) in Tok Pisin. A ‘cold’ plant. Wards off malice, brings healing, a sign of peace
maal– loincloth, also, euphemism for secret paraphernalia which are necessary to the appearance of each type of spirit voice
mangmang– structure worn on the shoulders to support a torr post
maning’ting– words of a sacred song

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Creative Land: Place and Procreation on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Maps, Figures, Tables, and Photographs ix
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Notes on the Text xv
  • Preface xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One - Process and Kinship 21
  • Chapter Two - Residence History and Palem 33
  • Chapter Three - Marrying Sisters 57
  • Chapter Four - Gardens, Land, and Growth 91
  • Chapter Five - Birth, Emergence, and Exchange 127
  • Chapter Six - Spirit, Flesh, and Bone 159
  • Chapter Seven - Places and Bodies, Landscape and Perception 193
  • Chapter Eight - Creative Land 211
  • Glossary 219
  • References 221
  • Index 229
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