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People, countries, and the rainbow serpent : systems of classification among the Lardil of Mornington Island / David McKnight
Bib ID 2072537
Format BookBook
McKnight, David, 1935-2006
Description New York : Oxford University Press, 1999 
x, 270 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0195096215 (hardback)

Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics.


Study of the Lardil classification of space, people, plants, animals, totemic beings and the Rainbow Serpent; understandings of conception, birth and death - constitution of paternity and maternity; relation to place and economic rights; initiation - language acquisition, circumcision and subincision; kinship system and terminology - subsections; personal names -role of nicknames; social space and the relationship to land; folk taxonomy / ethnotaxonomy - ethnozoology and ethnobotany; totemic classification; analysis of myth and ritual - Rainbow Serpent (relation to elements of weather and flood); concepts of transgression and taboo - body and sickness; role of dreams and its relation to the Dreamtime and its iconography - dance and graphic elements.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. Introduction
  • Ch. 2. Coming into Being and Going out of Being
  • Ch. 3. People as Kin and Affines
  • Ch. 4. Personal Names and Nicknames
  • Ch. 5. Places and Countries
  • Ch. 6. Lardil Ethnozoology and Ethnobotany
  • Ch. 7. Demiin Ethnozoology and Ethnobotany
  • Ch. 8. Marlda Kangka Ethnozoology and Ethnobotany
  • Ch. 9. Subsections and Totemic Classification
  • Ch. 10. Thuwathu the Rainbow Serpent

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-262) and index.

Subjects Lardil (Australian people) -- Kinship.  |  Lardil (Australian people) -- Ethnobiology.  |  Lardil (Australian people) -- Rites and ceremonies.  |  Mythology, Lardil.  |  Cognition and culture -- Australia -- Mornington Island (Qld.)  |  Anthropological linguistics -- Australia -- Mornington Island (Qld.)  |  Lardil language -- Etymology -- Names.  |  Lardil language -- Grammar -- Terminology.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Language and peoples names.  |  Art - Art motifs.  |  Indigenous knowledge - World view.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Zoology.  |  Lardil people (G38) (Qld SE54-01)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Botany.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Environment and natural phenomena.  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Systems.  |  Dance - Ceremonial.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Human classification.  |  Social organisation.  |  Culture - Relationship to land.  |  Language - Vocabulary - Nicknames.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Art - Body art.  |  Religion - After death beliefs.  |  Stories and motifs - Rainbow serpent.  |  Reproduction - Conception.  |  Ceremonies - Rain making.  |  Environment - Climate and weather.  |  Mornington Island (Qld.) -- Social life and customs.  |  Mornington Island (Qld Gulf Wellesley Islands SE54-01)


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