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Knowledge and secrecy in an Aboriginal religion / Ian Keen
Bib ID 1652972
Format BookBook
Author
Keen, Ian
 
Description Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994 
xviii, 347 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0198279000 (alkaline paper)
0195507525 (paperback)
Series

Oxford studies in social and cultural anthropology.

Summary

Yolngu concept of knowledge; religious practices; interpretation of Dreaming events, country and ceremonies; initiation; revelation, transmission and control of knowledge; religious secrecy; definition of the Yolngu - social and historical context; constitution of religious belief - the Dreaming, spirit beings; variation in the interpretation of myth - stories of the Djangkawu sisters; social composition - groups, kinship classification, language, marriage and polygamy, leadership; relations to land- concept of country; totemic landscape; land disputes; rights to knowledge of the sacra; varieties of ceremonies (Rom, Garma, Djungguwan, Madayin, circumcision , wake and purification); associated songs, designs and sacred objects (rangga); role of secrecy; description of ceremonies; relation to gender and age distinctions; revelation, control and transmission of esoteric knowledge in secret and public domains - control of space and encoding; gender roles and power; religious universalism; Gunapipi ceremony and the interpretation of the Wagilak sisters myth; the adjustment movement and the Christian Revival - syncretism between Christian and Yolngu beliefs; ritual; mythology - culture heroes, snake; contemporary understanding of culture.

Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. [315]-328.

Subjects Yolngu (Australian people) -- Religion.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Arnhem Land -- Religion.  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Ranggas.  |  Wagilak / Wawilak language (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Sites - Dreaming tracks.  |  Land rights - Claims, disputes, hearings.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  W©Þgilak / Wawilak people (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  W©Þgilak / Wawilak language (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Gender relations - Polygamy.  |  Gender relations - Gender roles.  |  Yolngu languages (NT SD53)  |  Wagilak / Wawilak people (N106) (NT SD53-07)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Stories and motifs - Snakes.  |  Stories and motifs - Cultural heroes.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Ceremonies - Rom ceremonies.  |  Culture - Relationship to land.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Stories and motifs - Wawalag Sisters.  |  Initiation - Circumcision.  |  Religions - Christianity.  |  Art - Body art.  |  Yolngu people (NT SD53)  |  Arnhem Land (N.T.) -- Religion.  |  Arnhem Land (NT)

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