Symbols of Substance: Bimin-Kuskusmin Models of Procreation, Death, and Personhood

@inproceedings{Poole2010SymbolsOS,
  title={Symbols of Substance: Bimin-Kuskusmin Models of Procreation, Death, and Personhood},
  author={Fitz John Porter Poole},
  year={2010}
}
The Bimin-Kuskusmin of the West Sepik interior of Papua New Guinea elaborate a complex folk theory of procreation that becomes the ‘natural’ foundation of some ideologically significant constructions of the individual, the person, gender, and societal continuity. Drawing on certain aspects of Weiner's model of reproduction and regeneration, symbols of substance and insubstantial ‘spirit’ that form this ‘natural’ foundation of the Bimin-Kuskusmin ideology of birth, death, and rebirth are… CONTINUE READING

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