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Of humans, pigs, and souls : an essay on the Yagwoia Womba complex

Author: Jadran Mimica
Publisher: Chicago : Hau Books, [2020]
Series: Essays in ethnographic theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
For the Yagwoia-Anga people of Papua New Guinea, "womba" is a malignant power with the potential to afflict any soul with cravings for pig meat and human flesh. Drawing on long-term research among the Yagwoia and informed by existential phenomenology and psychoanalysis, Jadran Mimica explores the womba complex in its local cultural-existential determinations and regional permutations. He attends to the lived  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jadran Mimica
ISBN: 9781912808311 1912808315
OCLC Number: 1159844794
Description: xvii, 160 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The womba condition of the soul --
The causes and attributes of womba soul affliction and shamanistic treatment --
The case of Qang --
The desire for pig-meat --
ch. 2 Men and women as womba --
The case of Qwoqwoldate --
The case of WoGaye --
A specifically female aspect of the womba complex --
Womba killing --
ch. 3 Womba self-experience --
The case of OMitane --
The case of OAp --
ch. 4 The spectrum of Yagwoia cannibalism --
An inside perspective --
Exo- and endo- modes --
Experience of necrophagy --
ch. 5 On ki'nye (sorcery) and the mother's breast's malediction --
The mirror-circuit of the mother's breast's malediction --
Sorcery in hindsight --
ch. 6 The womba complex in regional perspective --
The non-Angan outsiders --
Reverberations of the complex among neighboring Angan groups --
A comparative amplification --
Ankavi ombi and the Yagwoia womba --
The womba imaginary and the body: closure and opening --
Concluding reflections: A new wave of Christianization --
A Melanesian befit (covenant) --
Metamorphosis of the imago Dei and the spirit of the global Evangelion.
Series Title: Essays in ethnographic theory.
Responsibility: Jadran Mimica.

Abstract:

For the Yagwoia-Anga people of Papua New Guinea, "womba" is a malignant power with the potential to afflict any soul with cravings for pig meat and human flesh. Drawing on long-term research among the Yagwoia and informed by existential phenomenology and psychoanalysis, Jadran Mimica explores the womba complex in its local cultural-existential determinations and regional permutations. He attends to the lived experience of this complex in relation to the wider context of mortuary practices, historical cannibalism, and sorcery. This wider womba complex, including its regional permutations, illuminates the moral meanings of Yagwoia selfhood and its sense of agency and subjectivity. Mimica concludes by reflecting on the recent escalation of concerns with witchcraft and sorcery in Papua New Guinea, specifically in relation to the new wave of Christian evangelism occurring in partnership with the state. A short monograph grounded in ethnographic description, this book is perfect for both graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching

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