Tungaru Traditions: Writings on the Atoll Culture of the Gilbert Islands

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University of Hawaii Press, 1989 - Social Science - 382 pages
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Grimble's ethnographic studies of the Gilbertese, prepared between 1916 and 1926, provide an excellent baseline account of a fundamentally pre-contact culture. This collection, edited and introduced by H.E. Maude, comprises essays on mythology, history, and dancing; four chapters on the Maneaba; and field notes classified under 22 subject headings. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Adoption
3
Agricultural Rituals
7
Ancestor Cult
20
Ancestral Lands
28
Animals
36
Archaeology
37
Birth
41
Body Care and Adornment
44
Sorcery
169
Tinaba and Eiriki
177
The Maneaba
195
The Function of the Maneaba in Gilbertese Society
197
Precedence and Privileges of the Clans in the Maneaba
219
Traditional Origins of the Maneaba
231
The Clan and the Totem
238
Essays on Mythology History and Dancing
253

Canoes and Navigation
48
Conveyance and Inheritance
58
Death
65
Gods
80
History
83
Magic
97
The Maneaba
115
Medical Practices
134
Names
140
Relationships
144
Social and Political Organization
151
The Historical Content of Gilbertese Mythology
255
A Genealogical Approach to Gilbertese History
268
A History of Abemama
295
A Discourse on Gilbertese Dancing
314
Abbreviations
335
Notes
337
Glossary
353
Bibliography
357
Index
377
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