Powdermaker, Hortense, 1903-1970. Life in Lesu: the study of a Melanesian Society in New Ireland

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Life In Lesu

Chapter I Social Organization

Daily Life

Social Organization

Locality

Kinship

Moiety And Clan

The Family

Classificatory Kinship System

Sex

Chapter Ii Infancy

Chapter Iii Childhood

Play

Sexual Play

Later Childhood

Boys' Life Compared With Girls' Life

Instruction In Folk-tales And Myths

Betrothal Customs

Chapter Iv Initiation Rites

Necessary Conditions For Holding Rites

Preparations

Women's Dances

Circumcision

Speeches Of Women

Distribution Of Currency And Food

Folk-tales Concerning Initiation

Malanggan Rites

Summary

Interpretation

Chapter V Marriage

Rites At First Menses

Wedding Rites

Consummation Of Marriage

Salient Aspects Of Rites

Chapter Vi Work

Resources

Ownership Of Resources

Seasonal Variations

Division Of Labour

Occupations

Gardening

Fishing

Cooking

Pigs

Turtle

Beta—sea-worm

Other Cooking

House-building

Pig-hunting

Basketry And Weaving

Carving, Work In Tortoise-shell, Etc.

Organization Of Work

Distribution

Free Gifts

Reciprocal Exchange

Trade

Payments For Services

Medical Services

Other Services

Trade Between Groups—sale Of A Malanggan

Summary

Chapter Vii Sexual Life

Marriage

Attitude Towards Love

Attributes Of Beauty

Love Magic

Flirting

Sex Activities

Birth Control And Abortion

Extra-marital Relations

Family Sentiments

Quarrels

Divorce

Sex Taboos

Dreams

Obscenity

Perversion

Life Histories

Summary

Chapter Viii Knowledge, Magic, And Religion

Knowledge

Measurement Of Time

Names

Theories

Medical Knowledge

Magic

Magicians

Taro Magic

Analysis Of Spells

Black Magic

Religion

Theories Of After Life

Mortuary Rites

Malanggans

Summary

Chapter Ix The Individual And Society

Family Versus Clan Sentiments

Formation And Functioning Of Social Patterns

Basic Principles

Individual Variations

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Title: Life in Lesu: the study of a Melanesian Society in New Ireland

Published By: New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1933. 352 p.: ill.

By line: Hortense Powdermaker. Foreword by Dr. Clark Wissler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Lesu (OM24)

Subjects: Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Settlement patterns (361); Status, role, and prestige (554); Medium of exchange (436); Exchange transactions (437); Daily routine (512); Highways and bridges (491); Division of labor by gender (462); Sleeping (513); Domesticated animals (231); Rule of descent (611); Kin relationships (602); Clans (614); Residence (591); Mythology (773); Regulation of marriage (582); Dwellings (342); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Local officials (624); External relations (648); Techniques of socialization (861); Magic (789); Childhood activities (857); General sex restrictions (834); Puberty and initiation (881); Sacred objects and places (778); Tillage (241); Vegetable production (244); Fishing (226); Sexual stimulation (832);

Abstract: This source is a basic ethnographic study of the village of Lesu on the island of New Ireland. The emphasis in the study is on social organization and non-material culture. Included are discussions of social organization, infancy, childhood, initiation rites, marriage, work, sexual life, knowledge, magic and religion, and the individual and society. Additional information on magic not included in the text, a table of intermarriages between clans, and a glossary are given in appendices.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: om24-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1929-1930

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1961

Coverage Date: 1920-1933

Coverage Place: Lesu, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea)//Ethnology--Papua New Guinea--New Ireland//Lesu, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)

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