Firth, Raymond William, 1901-. Tikopia ritual and belief

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Title: Tikopia ritual and belief

Published By: London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd., 1967. 374 p., [7] p. of plates [only 156 pages are included here]

By line: Raymond Firth

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

Culture: Tikopia (OT11)

Subjects: Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Traditional history (173); Sociocultural trends (178); General tools (412); Status, role, and prestige (554); Community heads (622); Suicide (762); General character of religion (771); Mythology (773); Animism (774); Eschatology (775); Sacred objects and places (778); Revelation and divination (787); Magicians and diviners (791);

Abstract: This work consists of a series of selected essays dealing with various aspects of Tikopian culture. In the first essay in this document the author provides some general background information on Tikopia, then proceeds with specific data on suicide, ritual adzes, myths as an integral part of religion, spirit mediums and their roles in the society, and eschatology and concepts of the soul. Firth concludes with a commentary section, prepared in 1966, describing some of the intricate adjustments made by the Tikopians, especially in regard to their belief systems, in the face of on-going cultural change.

Document Number: 28

Document ID: ot11-028

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes index and bibliographical references Only pp. 1-30, 116-140, 213-225, 284-374 are included. The rest of the essays in this book are included in the file as they were originally published.

Field Date: 1928-29, 1952, 1966 (p.11)

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: 1928-29, 1952, 1966 (p.11)

Coverage Place: Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands

LCSH: Tikopia (Solomon Islands people)


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