Book

Manus religion: an ethnological study of the Manus natives of the Admiralty Islands

The American Philosophical SocietyIII • Published In 1935 • Pages: x, 391 , plates

By: Fortune, Reo, Australian National Research Council.

Abstract
This source is the result of six months field work undertaken by the author, a well known professional anthropologist, among the Manus of the Admiralty Islands. It is an exhaustive and highly intricate study of the Manus 'Sir Ghost' cult and its repercussions on the established religious system of the people. Of prime importance in the religious system of the Manus are the oracles whose interpretations of illnesses are based on sins of omission or commission on the part of the mortals as revealed to them by the offended ghosts of the dead through divination. Many examples are given in the text of cases in which illness was the direct result of sin, and how, through expiation, these illnesses were 'cured.'
Subjects
Gender status
Ingroup antagonisms
Sex and marital offenses
Theory of disease
Sorcery
Life and death
General character of religion
Animism
Eschatology
Purification and atonement
Revelation and divination
Magic
Magicians and diviners
culture
Manus
HRAF PubDate
2005
Region
Oceania
Sub Region
Melanesia
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1962
Coverage Date
1928-1929
Coverage Place
Village of Peri, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea
Notes
by R.F. Fortune
Manus religion.
Australian National Research Council Expedition to the New Guinea Littoral, 1928-29
LCCN
36002179
LCSH
Manus (Papua New Guinea people)