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Author Herdt, Gilbert H., 1949-

Title Secrecy and cultural reality : utopian ideologies of the New Guinea men's house / Gilbert Herdt.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.889912 HERD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Lewis Henry Morgan and Victorian secret societies -- Why secrecy? -- Secrecy among the Sambia, 1974-1976 -- Paradox of the men's house -- Colonialism and the dissolution of secret reality.
Summary A compelling study of male ritual secrecy and its impact on the cultures of Melanesia and Papua New Guinea.
Subject Sambia (Papua New Guinean people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Sambia (Papua New Guinean people) -- Sexual behavior.
Secret societies -- Papua New Guinea.
Initiation rites -- Papua New Guinea.
Sex customs -- Papua New Guinea.
Male homosexuality -- Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 047209761X (cloth : alk. paper)
0472067613 (paperback: alk. paper)