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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series 2014: The Matter of Existential Relations. Growth, Life-Cycle, and the Form of the World in Reite, PNG.

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Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series 2014: The Matter of Existential Relations. Growth, Life-Cycle, and the Form of the World in Reite, PNG. Other events...
In this paper, I present some of the life-cycle rites practiced by Nekgini speaking people on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea. These rites have several fascinating aspects, including the consumption of substitutes for the growing child by their maternal kin. Interrogating the repeated substitution of specific game, domestic meat, artefacts, and garden food for a human body suggests that just as the materials and actions have specific effects on the emergent person, they equally have transformative effect on the maternal and paternal kin. In fact, the rites reconstitute a human world of exchange and morality among affines. I make the point that a focus on the individual and their transformation misses the mutual transformation of all involved. That is, instead of being Ďaboutí the individual and the social recognition of their physical growth, these rites are existential in focus and concern.
Speaker(s) Professor James Leach, Anthropology and Sociology UWA
Location Asian Studies Seminar Room G.25, Social Sciences Building
Contact Loretta Baldassar <[email protected]> : 6488 7249
Start Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00
End Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00
Submitted by Emily Buckland <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:07
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