Firth, Raymond William, 1901-. The work of the gods in Tikopia

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Chapter I. General Character Of The Work Of The Gods

Fixing The Time For The Ritual

Programme Of The Rites.

Chapter Ii Throwing The Firestick

The Neaning Of The Firestick Rite

Subsequent Activity

Chapter Iii Ritual Of The Sacred Canoes

The Sacred Adzes

Different Titles Of The Gods

Sequence Of Faunga Vaka Rites

Preliminaries To The Ritual

Lifting Down Of The Sacred Adze And The “sacred Things”

The Kava Of The Adze

The Fakaora

The Day Of The Elders

Dismissing The Gods

The Return To Uta

The “sacred Things”

Sprinkling The Canoes

The Third Day

Rite Of Hanging Up The Sacred Things

Differentiation Between Canoe Rites

“evil Things”

Re-furnishing The Canoe Shed

Fainga Vaka Of A Taumauri

Fainga Vaka Of Other Kafika Canoes

Canoe Rites Of The Ariki Tafua

Canoe Rites Of The Elder Of Marinoa

“the Path Of Our Ancestor”


Chapter Iv The Work Of The Yam

The Plucking Of The Repa

Firstfruits And The “hot Food”.

A Pfimitive Communion Feast

The Ritual Of The Unscraped Yams

Sanctifying The Seed Tubers

Life In Uta

Ownership And Clearing Of The Yam Plots

The Slicing Of The Seed

Ritual Preparations For Planting

The Sacred Rites Of Planting

Care Of The Growing Yam

The Story Of The Little Hut

Chapter V. Re-carpeting The Ancestral Temples.

Mythic Origin Of Resiake Temple.

“sunning The Perfumes”

Re-carpeting As Religious Recompense.

Emblems Of The Gods.

The Fakaoatea Of Resiake

Anointing The Participants.

Rites Of Vaisakiri

Re-carpeting The Kava Houses

Re-carpeting Of Nukuora, Taumako And Tafua

Re-carpeting Of Kafika Temple

Chapter Vi Freeing The Land.

Re-carpeting Of Mapusanga

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Chapter Vii The Proclamation At Rarokoka

The Proclamation In Former Days

Interpretation Of The Formula

Sanction And Breach Of The Fono

Chapter Viii The Dance To Quell The Wind.


Rarofiroki Temple

Preparation Of Temples

The Kava Of Marae

Entry Of “the Great God”

Preparations For The Dancing

Songs And Dances Of The Taomatangi

Food Exchange On The Day Of Sa Tafua

Appendix. Songs Of The Taomatangi

Chapter Ix The Dance Of The Flaming Fire

The Uru

The Taume

Dance Of The Bamboo

The Sacred Fire.

The Fu Tapu

The Tuaro

Social Aspects Of The Dancing

Food Exchanges

Final Rites Of The Dance

The Purunga Kava

Chapter X. Deserted Gods In Takarito

Chapter Xi The Work Of Somosomo And Fiora

A. The Work Of Somosomo

Initial Work

Marriage Gifts And Religion

The Sacred Baskets

The Fishing Of Sa Runga.

The Day Of Pa Rarovi

B. The Work Of Fiora

Chapter Xii. The Ritual Extraction Of Turmeric.

Turmeric -- Planting

Organization Of The Nuanga

Preliminary Rites And Work

Washing Of The Turmeric

Regulations Of The Nuanga

Grating The Turmeric Roots

Filtering The Grated Turmeric

“fishing For Success”

“binding Of The Water”

Pouring Off The Water

Separation Of Renga And Tauo

Baking The Turmeric

Rites Of Completion

Marking Of The Turmeric

Dance Songs Of Turmeric-extraction

Chapter Xiii The Final Rites


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Title: The work of the gods in Tikopia

Published By: London, England: The London School of Economics and Political Science, 1940. ii, 377 p., plates: ill.

By line: [by] Raymond Firth

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

Culture: Tikopia (OT11)

Subjects: Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This is an exhaustive and thorough account of the major religious cycle of the Tikopia, the Work of the Gods. Firth was present at or participated in many of the rites, and the result is a detailed description of the procedural form of the individual rites into which the major cycle is divided.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: ot11-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1928-1929

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Alice McCloskey

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands

LCSH: Tikopia (Solomon Islands peoples)


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