Goodale, Jane C. (Jane Carter), 1926-. Qualifications of manhood: Tiwi invoke the power of a yam

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Title: Qualifications of manhood: Tiwi invoke the power of a yam

Published in: @aNew Haven, Conn.|@bHRAF|@c2008|@dComputer file

Published By: @aNew Haven, Conn.|@bHRAF|@c2008|@dComputer file New York, N.Y.: American Museum of Natural History, 1963. 10-17 p.

By line: Jane C. Goodale

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Tiwi (OI20)

Subjects: Ceremonial during infancy and childhood (852); Puberty and initiation (881); Majority (884); Food preparation (252); Music (533); Dance (535); Ethnobotany (824); Fire (372);

Abstract: This article discusses the three-day Kulama ceremony of the Tiwi - a formal initiation into adulthood centering around the ritual preparation of a toxic yam. There is no set age for initiation. The instruction lasts six years and the initiates must participate in six Kulama rituals. An important feature of the ritual is the composition of songs and several examples are given.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: oi20-011

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1954, 1962

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Joan Steffens ; 1963

Coverage Date: 1900-1962

Coverage Place: Tiwi, Northern Australia

LCSH: Tiwi (Australian people)


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