The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead

Volume I: The Belief Among the Aborigines of Australia, the Torres Straits Islands, New Guinea and Melanesia

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Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 214,523 / 641 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.1
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 5,148
Added to site: 2006.12.16
mnybks.net#: 15566
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Myth
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disposing of them when the flesh is quite decayed, 166; tree-burial followed by earth-burial in some Australian tribes, 166-168; general conclusion as to the belief in immortality and the worship of the dead among the Australian aborigines, 168 sq.

Lecture VIII.--The Belief in Immortality among the Natives of the Torres Straits Islands

Racial affinities of the Torres Straits Islanders, pp. 170 sq.; their material and social culture, 171 sq.; no developed worship of the dead among them, 172 sq.; their fear of ghosts, 173-175; home of the dead a mythical island in the west, 175 sq.; elaborate funeral ceremonies of the Torres Straits Islanders characterised by dramatic representations of the dead and by the preservation of their skulls, which were consulted as oracles, 176.

Funeral ceremonies of the Western Islanders, 177-180; part played by the brothers-in-law of the deceased at these ceremonies, 177 sq.; removal of the head and preparat

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2010.10.03
manasvi
*****

An excellent work on anthropology. It is of course, horribly outdated, but there's no doubting the range and depth of this book.


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