Funabiki, Takeo. On pigs of the Mbotgote in Malekula

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Title: On pigs of the Mbotgote in Malekula

Published in: Vanuatu : politics, economics and ritual in island Melanesia, edited by Michael Allen

Published By: Vanuatu : politics, economics and ritual in island Melanesia, edited by Michael Allen Sydney: Academic Press, 1981. 173-188 p.

By line: Takeo Funabiki

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Malekula (OO12)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Domesticated animals (231); Applied animal science (232); Diet (262); Price and value (435); Ethnozoology (825);

Abstract: In this article Funabiki describes Mbotgote pig management in south Malekula, concentrating on two major themes: (1) the categorization of pigs, and (2) the efficiency of raising pigs. In discussing pig management from a functional viewpoint the author believes that it is necessary to take metaphysical as well as physical factors into consideration.'As a means of producing food protein the total complex is both unnecessary and inefficient. But if the ritual context and social role of hierarchy be brought into consideration, the total complex can be seen to serve a social function in an 'efficient' manner '(p. 16).

Document Number: 6

Document ID: oo12-006

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 188)

Field Date: 1975-1976

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 2000

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Mbotgote, south Malekula, Vanuatu

LCSH: Malekula (Vanuatu)

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