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The Tuma Underworld of Love : Erotic and other narrative songs of the Trobriand Islanders and their spirits of the dead, PDF eBook

The Tuma Underworld of Love : Erotic and other narrative songs of the Trobriand Islanders and their spirits of the dead PDF

Part of the Culture and Language Use series

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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 in Primitive Psychology".

There he also presented the Trobrianders' belief that a "baloma" can be reborn; he claimed that Trobrianders are unaware of the father's role as genitor.

This volume presents a critical review of Malinowski's 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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