Williams, F. E. (Francis Edgar). Orokaiva magic

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Title: Orokaiva magic

Published By: London: Oxford University Press, H. Milford, 1928. xii, 231 p.: ill., map

By line: by F.E. Williams. With a foreword by R.R. Marett

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Orokaiva (OJ23)

Subjects: Personality disorders (158); Hunting and trapping (224); Agriculture (240); Diet (262); Pharmaceuticals (278); Real property (423); Sorcery (754); Magic (789); Ecclesiastical organization (790); Ideas about nature and people (820);

Abstract: This document is divided into three parts that correspond to Anthropological Reports Nos. 6, 7, and 8, submitted by Williams to the Papuan Government of New Guinea. The first two parts, The Taro Cult: A Study of Primitive Religious Movement, and The Garden Culture of the Orokaiva, are essays primarily in applied anthropology, while the final section entitled, Orokaiva Magic, is a psychological interpretation of the reasoning behind the practice of magic among the Orokaiva. Descriptions of Orokaiva folkways are often interspersed with witticisms. The predominant theme that permeates all phases of native life seems to be the effect of the newly introduced Taro cult upon the Orokaiva. Since Williams was writing this monograph primarily for the use of the Papuan Government, a great deal of emphasis is placed on how Orokaiva society could be improved by introducing new educational policies.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: oj23-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1923-1925

Evaluation: Ethnologist-, Geographer-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1960

Coverage Date: 1923-1925

Coverage Place: Northern District, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Orokaiva (Papua New Guinea people)


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