Economic and social uses of domestic pigs in Siuai, southern Bougainville, Solomon Islands
Studies in the anthropology of Bougainville, Solomon Islands • 29 (3) • Published In 1949 • Pages: 29
By: Oliver, Douglas L..
AbstractThis document discusses pig-hunting and pig-raising, and examines the overall significance of pigs in the Siwai economy. Pigs are exchanged for shell money that is used in everyday economic transactions. As much as Siwais love to eat pork, pigs are not bought or raised just for consumption. Rather, the exchange of pigs plays important roles in social and political life, especially in status-enhancing feasts. Pigs are consumed only at feasts, which are held at life-changing events, including christenings, marriages, and funerals. The author discusses the intricate process of the raising, loaning, and accounting of pigs that occurs around status-enhancing feasts.
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- Document Type
- Ian Skoggard; 2014
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- southern Bougainville, North Solomons Province, Papua New Guinea
- By Douglas L. Oliver
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 29)
- Siuai (Papuan people)