Firth, Raymond William, 1901-. The sociology of 'magic' in Tikopia

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Title: The sociology of 'magic' in Tikopia

Published in: Sociologus, n.s. -- Vol. 4

Published By: Sociologus, n.s. -- Vol. 4 Berlin: Duncker and Humblot, 1954. 97-116 p.

By line: [by] Raymond Firth

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

Culture: Tikopia (OT11)

Subjects: Sorcery (754); Magic (789);

Abstract: This paper consists of a description of Tikopian magic of 'production,' 'protection,' and 'destruction,' and discusses the changes in form and content of magic which occured between the time of the author's first field trip (1928-29) and his second (1952). The magic of 'production' in fishing is used as an example and several short fishing-magic formulae are presented. Health-magic and sorcery are dealt with more briefly.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: ot11-011

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English with German abstract

Note: Synopsis in German.

Field Date: 1928-1929, 1952

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: W.W. Stein

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands

LCSH: Tikopia (Solomon Islands people)


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