Leenhardt, Maurice, 1878-1954. Do kamo: person and myth in the Melanesian world

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The Melanesians

1 : “verbum Mentis”

2 : The Notion Of The Body

The Body And Grammar

The Parts Of The Body And The Mineral And Vegetable Kingdom

The Naming Of The Body

3 : The Living And The Dead



The Living And The Bao

The Defunct

Death Is Not Nothingness

Escape-suicide As Revenge



4 : Mythological Intersections And Cultural Stratifications



The Defunct And The Land Of The Dead

The Dance Of The Gods: The Boria

The Myth Of Pijeva

Ancestor Worship And Worship Of The Habitat

5 : Affective Life And Totemism

Awareness Of The Identity Of Existences

The First Segmentation Of The Cosmomorphic Representation: The Couple And The Genetic World

Totemic Representation

The Dissolution Of Totemic Representation

6 : Time

Computation Of Time

Computation And Ritual

Counting Of Days

Time And Existence

7 : Society And Altar

Maternal Clan And Paternal Clan: Lineage Of Life And Lineage Of Power

Duality, Parity, Symmetry

Organic Bond And Mythic Bond In Kinship

The Social Structure

House And Altar

8 : Mythic Forms In Chieftainships

Respect For The Chief

Forms Of Prestation

Functions Of The Chief: In New Caledonia

Functions Of The Chief: On The Loyalty Islands

Chieftainship And Masks


9 : Word

The Term No




The Term Ewekë

The Enduring Word ( Tradition, Myth, Statute )


The Depiction Of The Word In Aesthetics

Word And Language

The Word, Manifestation Of Conceptual And Creative Strength Through Which Being Affirms Itself

10 : Constructive Word

Free-word Kinship

The Random Word And Cases Of Misdeal

The Word And The Fixing Of Qualities Or States


11 : The Structure Of The Person In The Melanesian World

Name And Appellation: Name And Personality

The Integrity Of The Personality

The Totemic Myth

Individuation Of The Person By The Body

Disintegration Of The Person

The Structure Of The Person

12 : Myth

The Regression Of The Mythic Way Of Thinking

Regression Of Myth And The Totemic Ethic

The Mythic Way Of Thinking And Rationality

Myth And History

Melanesian Myth And Myth Among Civilized Men

Myth And Word

The Mythic Mentality


Myth And Rationality Complementary Modes Of Knowledge

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

Title: Do kamo: person and myth in the Melanesian world

Published By: Original publisher Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1979. xxii, 205 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Maurice Leenhardt ; translated by Basia Miller Gulati ; with a preface by Vincent Crapanzano

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2019. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Kanak (OP04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Drives and emotions (152); Personality development (155); Social personality (156); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Speech (191); Semantics (196); Gift giving (431); Personal names (551); Status, role, and prestige (554); Community heads (622); Mythology (773); Theological systems (779); Ordering of time (805); Ethnogeography (823); Ethnozoology (825); Ethnoanatomy (826); Ethnopsychology (828); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This classic work on Kanak mentality describes it as "mythic". The many dimensions of this mentality include its relationship to the body, emotions, space, time, language, names, kinship, chieftainship, ancestor worship, and totemism. The process of "individuation" that ensues in response to the colonial encounter and missionizing work is also discussed.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

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. op04-004

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1903-1926, 1938-1941

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 Missionary, Ethnologist - 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard; 2018

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1850-1930

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Ethnopsychology--Melanesia//Ethnology--New Caledonia//Ethnology--Melanesia


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