Akamine Masanobu. The Munchu: system of Kudaka Island, Okinawa: a preliminary analysis for the understanding of village cult organization in Kudaka

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Title: The Munchu: system of Kudaka Island, Okinawa: a preliminary analysis for the understanding of village cult organization in Kudaka

Published in: Minzokugaku-kenkyu -- Vol. 47, no. 4

Published By: Minzokugaku-kenkyu -- Vol. 47, no. 4 Tokyo: Nihon Minzoku Gakkai, 1983. 336-355 p.: ill.

By line: Akamine Masanobu

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Okinawans (AC07)

Subjects: Residence (591); Household (592); Adoption (597); Kinship terminology (601); Clans (614); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: In this article Akamine discusses the descent groups (MUNCHU) of Kudaka, a small island off of the southeast coast of Okinawa. Although Kudaka is one of the area's earliest settlements, the MUNCHU is a recent addition from the mainland (Okinawa) that was superimposed over a village ancestor-worshipping cult (MUTUGAMI). Instead of worshipping local ancestors, MUNCHU members worship ancestors from the mainland, where the MUNCHU system has a longer history. The Kudaka data provides insight into Okinawa's pre-MUNCHU society and its later transformation.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: ac07-004

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: Japanese with English summary

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 355)

Field Date: 1979-1980

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1868-1980

Coverage Place: Kudaka island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

LCSH: Ryukyuans

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