Jan Verschueren's Description of Yei-Nan Culture: Extracted from the Posthumous Papers - Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 99 (Paperback)
  • Jan Verschueren's Description of Yei-Nan Culture: Extracted from the Posthumous Papers - Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 99 (Paperback)
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Jan Verschueren's Description of Yei-Nan Culture: Extracted from the Posthumous Papers - Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 99 (Paperback)

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Paperback 110 Pages / Published: 01/01/1982
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Joannis Cornelis Verschueren (1905-1970) worked as a Roman Catholic missionary in southern Irian from 1931 until 1970. In the 1950s he wrote a number of papers on the Yei. These papers, based on older field notes and a research trip through the area, are recapitulated in this volume. Verschueren provides genuine inside information and his data are new and authentic. The four papers in this volume create a picture of a typical lowland culture with a surprising emphasis on headhunting, an uncommon way of segregating the sexes, and a highly elaborated system of phallic symbolism. Topics discussed in this volume are territorial, clan and moiety organization; kinship, marriage and conjugal life; the founding myths of Yei-nan ritual and other rituals; initiation; sickness and healing; death, burial and mortuary feasts; other ceremonies.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789024761852
Number of pages: 110
Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm

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