Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002. The work of the gods in Tikopia

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Chapter I. General Character Of The Work Of The Gods

Fixing The Time For The Ritual

Programme Of The Rites.

Chapter Ii Throwing The Firestick

The Neaning Of The Firestick Rite

Subsequent Activity

Chapter Iii Ritual Of The Sacred Canoes

The Sacred Adzes

Different Titles Of The Gods

Sequence Of Faunga Vaka Rites

Preliminaries To The Ritual

Lifting Down Of The Sacred Adze And The “sacred Things”

The Kava Of The Adze

The Fakaora

The Day Of The Elders

Dismissing The Gods

The Return To Uta

The “sacred Things”

Sprinkling The Canoes

The Third Day

Rite Of Hanging Up The Sacred Things

Differentiation Between Canoe Rites

“evil Things”

Re-furnishing The Canoe Shed

Fainga Vaka Of A Taumauri

Fainga Vaka Of Other Kafika Canoes

Canoe Rites Of The Ariki Tafua

Canoe Rites Of The Elder Of Marinoa

“the Path Of Our Ancestor”


Chapter Iv The Work Of The Yam

The Plucking Of The Repa

Firstfruits And The “hot Food”.

A Pfimitive Communion Feast

The Ritual Of The Unscraped Yams

Sanctifying The Seed Tubers

Life In Uta

Ownership And Clearing Of The Yam Plots

The Slicing Of The Seed

Ritual Preparations For Planting

The Sacred Rites Of Planting

Care Of The Growing Yam

The Story Of The Little Hut

Chapter V. Re-carpeting The Ancestral Temples.

Mythic Origin Of Resiake Temple.

“sunning The Perfumes”

Re-carpeting As Religious Recompense.

Emblems Of The Gods.

The Fakaoatea Of Resiake

Anointing The Participants.

Rites Of Vaisakiri

Re-carpeting The Kava Houses

Re-carpeting Of Nukuora, Taumako And Tafua

Re-carpeting Of Kafika Temple

Chapter Vi Freeing The Land.

Re-carpeting Of Mapusanga

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Chapter Vii The Proclamation At Rarokoka

The Proclamation In Former Days

Interpretation Of The Formula

Sanction And Breach Of The Fono

Chapter Viii The Dance To Quell The Wind.


Rarofiroki Temple

Preparation Of Temples

The Kava Of Marae

Entry Of “the Great God”

Preparations For The Dancing

Songs And Dances Of The Taomatangi

Food Exchange On The Day Of Sa Tafua

Appendix. Songs Of The Taomatangi

Chapter Ix The Dance Of The Flaming Fire

The Uru

The Taume

Dance Of The Bamboo

The Sacred Fire.

The Fu Tapu

The Tuaro

Social Aspects Of The Dancing

Food Exchanges

Final Rites Of The Dance

The Purunga Kava

Chapter X. Deserted Gods In Takarito

Chapter Xi The Work Of Somosomo And Fiora

A. The Work Of Somosomo

Initial Work

Marriage Gifts And Religion

The Sacred Baskets

The Fishing Of Sa Runga.

The Day Of Pa Rarovi

B. The Work Of Fiora

Chapter Xii. The Ritual Extraction Of Turmeric.

Turmeric -- Planting

Organization Of The Nuanga

Preliminary Rites And Work

Washing Of The Turmeric

Regulations Of The Nuanga

Grating The Turmeric Roots

Filtering The Grated Turmeric

“fishing For Success”

“binding Of The Water”

Pouring Off The Water

Separation Of Renga And Tauo

Baking The Turmeric

Rites Of Completion

Marking Of The Turmeric

Dance Songs Of Turmeric-extraction

Chapter Xiii The Final Rites


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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: The work of the gods in Tikopia

Published By: Original publisher London, England: The London School of Economics and Political Science. 1940. ii, 377 p., plates ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Raymond Firth

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tikopia (OT11)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an exhaustive and thorough account of the major religious cycle of the Tikopia, the Work of the Gods. Firth was present at or participated in many of the rites, and the result is a detailed description of the procedural form of the individual rites into which the major cycle is divided.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 3

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. ot11-003

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1928-1929

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Alice McCloskey

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

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Tikopia Island, Solomon Islands

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tikopia (Solomon Islands peoples)


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