Aijmer, Göran. Houses in Lesu: the historical anthropology of a New Ireland society

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Title: Houses in Lesu: the historical anthropology of a New Ireland society

Published in: Journal of anthropological research -- Vol. 63, no. 1

Published By: Journal of anthropological research -- Vol. 63, no. 1 Albuquerque, N.M.: University of New Mexico, 2007. 51-72 p.: ill.

By line: Göran Aijmer

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Lesu (OM24)

Subjects: Cultural identity and pride (186); Household (592); Family relationships (593); Topography and geology (133); Community structure (621); Dwellings (342); Architecture (341); Public structures (344); Building interiors and arrangement (353); Food preparation (252); Outbuildings (343); Burial practices and funerals (764); Cult of the dead (769); Religious and educational structures (346); Gender status (562); Mythology (773); Postnatal care (846); Cosmology (772); Sacred objects and places (778); Sexual intercourse (833); Eating (264); Life and death (761); Kin relationships (602); Localized kin groups (618); Regulation of marriage (582);

Abstract: This article examines features of habitation and domestic symbolism in Lesu houses as originally observed by Hortense Powdermaker in 1929-1930. It reconstructs important aspects of early social life in Lesu society with a focus on houses as mundane institutions and as expressive devices. The examination concerns the organization of shelter into continuous groups and social communities. Men's houses and women's houses stood out as symbolic topoi, each evoking a main cultural modality. The respective iconic narrations of these two possible worlds offered radically different solutions to the existential problem of continuity.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: om24-007

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: not applicable

Evaluation: Anthropologist-4

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: 1920-2007

Coverage Place: Lesu, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea)//Ethnology--Papua New Guinea--New Ireland//Lesu, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)


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