Powdermaker, Hortense, 1903-1970. Mortuary rites in New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago)

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Title: Mortuary rites in New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago)

Published in: Oceania -- Vol. 2

Published By: Oceania -- Vol. 2 Sydney, etc.: University of Sydney [etc.], 1931. 26-43 p.

By line: Hortense Powdermaker

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

Culture: Lesu (OM24)

Subjects: Life and death (761); Eschatology (775); Status and treatment of the aged (888); Aftermath of combat (727); Kin relationships (602); Family relationships (593); Dying (763); Burial practices and funerals (764); Gift giving (431); Cult of the dead (769); Status, role, and prestige (554); Sacred objects and places (778);

Abstract: The author did her field work for this article under the auspices of the Australian National Research Council. The mortuary rites described here were observed in the villages located on the east coast of New Ireland. The article includes information on the natives' attitude toward death, preparation before death, funeral rites, mourning rites, periodic feasts after death, and the emotional response of the relatives and community members during the rites.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: om24-002

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1929-1930

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1961

Coverage Date: 1920-1931

Coverage Place: Lesu, New Ireland, Papau 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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