Women as unseen characters : male ritual in Papua New Guinea / edited by Pascale Bonnemere.

Rituals have always been a focus of ethnographies of Melanesia, providing a ground for important theorizing in anthropology. This is especially true of the male initiation rituals that until recently were held in Papua New Guinea. For the most part, these rituals have been understood as all-male ins...

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Other Authors: Bonnemere, Pascale.
Format: Electronic
Published: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2004.
Series:Social anthropology in Oceania.
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Table of Contents:
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Note for Readers
  • Introduction: The Presence of Women in New Guinea Secret Male Rituals: From Ritual Space to Ritual Process
  • 1. Sambia Women's Positionality and Men's Rituals
  • 2. Embodiments of Detachment: Engendering Agency in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea
  • 3. When Women Enter the Picture: Looking at Anga Initiations from the Mothers' Angle
  • 4. Ujawe: The Ritual Transformation of Sons and Mothers
  • 5. The Bachelors and Their Spirit Wife: Interpreting the Omatisia Ritual of Porgera and Paiela
  • 6. Cults, Closures, Collaborations.
  • 7. The Variability of Women's ""Involvement"" in Anga Male Initiations
  • 8. Of Human and Spirit Women: From Mother to Seductress to Second Wife
  • 9. Relating to Women: Female Presence in Melanesian ""Male Cults""
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • List of Contributors
  • Index
  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E
  • F
  • G
  • H
  • I
  • J
  • K
  • L
  • M
  • N
  • O
  • P
  • R
  • S
  • T
  • U
  • V
  • W
  • Y
  • Acknowledgments.