Loeb, Edwin Meyer, 1894-. Mentawei religious cult

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Title: Mentawei religious cult

Published By: Berkeley, Calif.: University of California, 1929. 185-247 p., plates 69-73

By line: by Edwin M. Loeb

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

Culture: Mentawaians (OD09)

Subjects: Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Animism (774); Eschatology (775); Spirits and gods (776); Sacred objects and places (778); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Avoidance and taboo (784); Revelation and divination (787); Priesthood (793); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This is a study of various aspects of Mentawaian religious practices with a strong emphasis on the PUNEN system -- a series of religious festivals or ceremonies accompanied by sacrifices (usually of animals). Loeb describes in detail one of the major PUNEN held in conjunction with the founding of a new UMA or community house, and presents some limited data on a great variety of other PUNEN observed on other occasions in Mentawaian society. Of particular interest in this document is the listing of a number of Mentawaian taboos and omens.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: od09-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Cover-title. Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: March-July 1926

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1999

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Pageh (Pagai) Island group, Mentawai Islands, west of Sumatra, Indonesia

LCSH: Mentawai (Indonesian people)


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