Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942. Coral gardens and their magic: a study of the methods of tilling the soil and of agricultural rites in the Trobriand Islands. Vol. one, The description of gardening

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Part I Introduction: Tribal Economics And Social Organisation Of The Trobrianders

1. The Setting And Scenery Of New Guinea Gardens

2. The Habitat And Pursuits Of The Trobrianders

3. First Impressions Of Trobriand Gardens

4. Economic Districts: The Tillers And Craftsmen

5. Economic Districts: The Fishermen

6. What Industrial Specialisation Looks Like In Melanesia

7. The Village And What Happens In It

8. What Happens In The House And To The Household

9. The Constitution Of Trobriand Society

10. The Movement Of Wealth In The Trobriands, And The Role Of Agriculture Therein

Part Ii Gardens And Their Magic On A Coral Atoll

Chapter I General Account Of Gardening

1. The Seasonal Rhythm Of Gardening

2. The Several Aspects Of Trobriand Agriculture

3. A Walk Through The Gardens

4. The Practical Tasks Of The Good Gardener, Tokwatbagula

5. The Magic Of The Garden

6. The Garden Wizard

7. The Glory Of The Gardens And Its Mythological Background

8. The Power Of Magic And The Efficiency Of Work

9. The Place Of Gardening In Tribal Economy And Public Life

Chapter Ii The Gardens Of Omarakana: Early Work And Inaugurative Magic

1. Some Personalities Of The Gardening Circle

2. The Standard Of Trobriand Agriculture

3. Kayaku -- The Chief And Magician In Council

4. The Grand Inaugural Rite: The Striking Of The Soil

5. The Work Of Cutting The Scrub

6. Digression On Magical Ingredients

7. The Magician's Taboos

8. Variations In The Inaugural Rtte

Chapter Iii The Gardens Of Omarakana: Preparing The Soil And Planting The Seed

1. The Second Grand Inaugural Act: The Ritual Burning Of The Gardens

2. Digression On Native Ideas About This Magic And A Theoretical Interpretation

3. The Work Of Final Cleaning, Koumwala

4. The Corner-stones Of The Magical Wall

5. The Planting Of Taytu

Chapter Iv The Gardens Of Omarakana: The Magic Of Growth

1. -- The Turning-point Of Garden Work

2. The Magic Of Growth -- The Stimulation Of Shoots And Leaves

3. The Magic Of Growth -- The Stimulation Of Roots And Tubers

4. Private Garden Magic

5. Communal Labour

Chapter V Harvest

1. Famine And Plenty

2. The Preliminary Garnering

3. The Ritual Of Reaping The Main Crops

4. Work And Pleasure At Harvest

5. The Bringing In Of The Crops

6. Buritila'ulo -- The Competitive Contest In Harvested Wealth

Chapter Vi The Customary Law Of Harvest Gifts

1. Duties Of Filling The Storehouse

2. Hunger, Love And Vanity As Driving Forces In The Trobriand Harvest Gift

3. The Theory And Practice Of The Harvest Gift

Chapter Vii The Work And Magic Of Prosperity

1. The Magical Consecration Of The Storehouse

2. The Filling Of The Bwayma

3. The Second Act Of Vilamalia Magic

4. The Object And Function Of The Vilamalia

5. The Function Of The Storehouse 2

6. The Magic Of Health, Wealth And Prosperity In Oburaku

Chapter Viii Structure And Construction Of The Bwayma

1. The Form Of The Bwayma As Conditioned By Its Function

2. The Preparation Of Materials

3. The Construction Of The Storehouse

4. The Log Cabin

5. The Roof

6. The Structure Of The Smaller Bwayma

7. Summary Of The Structural, Sociological And Economic Characteristics Of The Bwayma : Linguistic Terminology

8. Note On Proportions

9. Technical Terminology Of The Bwayma

Chapter Ix A Comparative Glance At Trobriand Gardening

1. The Essential Unity Of Trobriand Gardening

2. A Public Ceremony In The Gardens Of Kurokaywa

Chapter X The Cultivation Of Taro, Palms And Bananas

1. The Garden Systems Of The Southern District

2. Tapopu -- Taro Gardens

3. The Magic Of Palms

4. The Fruits Of The Wood And Of The Wild

5. Minor Types Of Cultivation And Secondary Crops

Chapter Xi The Method Of Field-work And The Invisible Facts Of Native Law And Economics

1. A Preliminary Definition Of Land Tenure

2. An Anthropological Experiment In Detection

3. An Odyssey Of Blunders In Field-work

4. Functional Analysis Of The Titles To Land

Chapter Xii Land Tenure

1. The Doctrine Of First Emergence As The Main Charter Of Land Tenure

2. The Law Of Marriage And Its Two-fold Effect

3. Rank As A Principle Of Territorial Occupation

4. Land Tenure At Work

5. Summary, And Theoretical Reflections On Land Tenure

Part Iii Documents And Appendices

Document I The Dodige Bwatma (filling Of Yam-houses) In Yalumugwa (chapter Vi, Section 3)

Document Ii Computation Of The Harvest Gift Presented After The Katasa In Omarakana In 1918 (chapter Vi, Sections 1 And 3)

Document Iii The Decay Of The Chiefs Harvest Gift (chapter Vi, Section I)

Document Iv A Few Representative Examples Of Average Urigubu (chapter Vi, Sections 1 And 3)

Document V List Of Systems Of Garden Magic (chapter Ix, Section 1)

Document Vi Garden Magic Of Vakuta (chapter X, Section 1) 1

Document Vii Garden Magic In Teyava (chepter X. Section 1 )

Document Viii The Garden Lands Of Omarakana

Appendix I Analysis And Chart Showing The Organising Function Of Trobriand Garden Magic

A. Some General Characteristics Of Trobriand Magic

B. Garden Magic As A System Of Rites Running Parallel To An Organised Pursuit

Appendix Ii Confessions Of Ignorance And Failure

1. “nothing To Say”

2. Method Of Collecting Information

3. Gaps And Side Steps

4. Some Detailed Statements About Errors Of Omission And Commission

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Title: Coral gardens and their magic: a study of the methods of tilling the soil and of agricultural rites in the Trobriand Islands. Vol. one, The description of gardening

Published By: New York: American Book Company, 1935. xxxv, 500 p., plates: ill., maps

By line: [by] Bronislaw Malinowski

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Tillage (241); Real property (423); Magic (789);

Abstract: This work, volume one of two, contains detailed accounts of gardening technique, land tenure systems, and magic for gardens. Omarakana gardens are presented as the norm of Trobriand agriculture, and the rest of the Islands and areas are compared and contrasted with it.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: ol06-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1914-1920

Evaluation: Ethnologist--5

Analyst: Frank W. Moore

Coverage Date: 1914-1920

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders


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