The Tuma Underworld of Love

The Tuma Underworld of Love

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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 qBaloma: the Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islandsq and qMyth in Primitive Psychologyq There he also presented the Trobrianders' belief that a qbalomaq 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 qvirgin birthq controversy. It also documents the ritualized and highly poetic qwosi milamalaq - the harvest festival songs. They are sung in an archaic variety of Kilivila called qbiga balomaq - 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.... Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer or Safari), a recent Java (JRE) plugin and the QuickTime plugin (at least version 7). Given the fact that some of the stanzas were sung at different times, the website unfortunately cannot mirror the structure of Section 3.3. ... I hope that these very specific songs and the atmosphere they create may excite the interest of a music ethnologist who will use the openly availableanbsp;...

Title:The Tuma Underworld of Love
Author:Gunter Senft
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2011


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