Appell, Laura W. R.. Menstruation among the Rungus: an unmarked category

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Title: Menstruation among the Rungus: an unmarked category

Published in: Blood magic : the anthropology of menstruation, edited, with an introduction by Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb

Published By: Blood magic : the anthropology of menstruation, edited, with an introduction by Thomas Buckley and Alma Gottlieb Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. 94-112, 265-266, 314-281 p.

By line: Laura W. R. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Information sources listed in other works (113); Gender status (562); Mode of marriage (583); Arranging a marriage (584); Family relationships (593); Menstruation (841); Transmission of cultural norms (867); Transmission of skills (868);

Abstract: According to Laura Appell, menstruation is an unmarked category in Rungus culture. Little attention is paid to it. Girls are totally uninformed and unprepared for it. There are no taboos surrounding it. It is not considered polluting. Menstruating women are not secluded. Appell attributes this lack of attention to gender symmetry in the Rungus culture. The document includes a 34-page bibliography on the ethnology of menstruation.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: oc13-011

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-314)

Field Date: 1959-1963

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1959-1963

Coverage Place: Kudat District, Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Dusun (Bornean people)

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