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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of anthropological research -- Vol. 63, no. 1

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Göran Aijmer

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Lesu (OM24)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF 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: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 7

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. om24-007

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 71-72)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document not applicable

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Anthropologist-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2011

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1920-2007

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Lesu, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings New Ireland Province (Papua New Guinea)//Ethnology--Papua New Guinea--New Ireland//Lesu, New Ireland (Papua New Guinea)


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