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Of marriage, violence and sorcery : the quest for power in Northern Queensland / by David McKnight
Bib ID 3523573
Format BookBook
Author
McKnight, David, 1935-2006
 
Online Versions
Description Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2005 
xxxvi, 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0754644650
Series

Anthropology and cultural history in Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Summary

"This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between marriage, violence and sorcery in Australian Aboriginal culture, drawing on David McKnight's extensive research on Mornington Island. The case studies, which occurred both before and after a Presbyterian Mission was established on the island, allow McKnight to show how the complexities of kin ties and increased sexual competition help to explain incidences of violence and sorcery, without resorting to psychiatric justifications. He demonstrates that kin ties both stimulated conflict and helped to mitigate it."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • 1. History of the Wellesley Islands
  • 2. Lardil and Yangkaal : endogamy and exogamy
  • 3. Kaiadilt endogamy and exogamy
  • 4. Early time fights
  • 5. Baya! Baya! Fight! Fight!
  • 6. Violence in the 1970s
  • 7. Reasons for violence
  • 8. Sorcerers and clever men
  • 9. Spearing in the bush
  • 10. Recent sorcery cases
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Marriage customs and rites.  |  Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- Queensland.  |  Ethnic conflict -- Queensland.  |  Witchcraft -- Queensland.  |  Kayardild / Kaiadilt people (G35) (Qld SE54-06)  |  Yangal / Gananggalinda people (G37) (Qld SE54-01)  |  Social organisation - Kinship - Marriage.  |  Weapons - Spears - Fighting.  |  Feuds and warfare.  |  Lardil people (G38) (Qld SE54-01)  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Gender relations - Marriage.  |  Queensland -- History.  |  Queensland -- Ethnic relations.  |  Queensland -- Social life and customs.  |  Mornington Island (Qld Gulf Wellesley Islands SE54-01)  |  Wellesley Islands (Qld Gulf Islands SE54-01)

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