The Tuma Underworld of Love: Erotic and Other Narrative Songs of the Trobriand Islanders and Their Spirits of the Dead Gunter Senft

ISBN: 9789027202871

Published: September 29th 2011

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138 pages


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The Tuma Underworld of Love: Erotic and Other Narrative Songs of the Trobriand Islanders and Their Spirits of the Dead  by  Gunter Senft

The Tuma Underworld of Love: Erotic and Other Narrative Songs of the Trobriand Islanders and Their Spirits of the Dead by Gunter Senft
September 29th 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 138 pages | ISBN: 9789027202871 | 10.27 Mb

The Trobriand Islanders eschatological belief system explains what happens when someone dies. Bronislaw Malinowski described essentials of this eschatology in his articles Baloma: the Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands and Myth inMoreThe Trobriand Islanders eschatological belief system explains what happens when someone dies. Bronislaw Malinowski described essentials of this eschatology in his articles Baloma: the Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands and Myth in Primitive Psychology.

There he also presented the Trobrianders belief that a baloma can be reborn- he claimed that Trobrianders are unaware of the fathers role as genitor. This volume presents a critical review of Malinowskis ethnography of Trobriand eschatology finally settling the virgin birth controversy. It also documents the ritualized and highly poetic wosi milamala the harvest festival songs.

They are sung in an archaic variety of Kilivila called biga baloma the baloma language. Malinowski briefly refers to these songs but does not mention that they codify many aspects of Trobriand eschatology. The songs are still sung at specific occasions- however, they are now moribund. With these songs Trobriand eschatology will vanish.



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