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Dancing Through Time: A Sepik Cosmology (review)

Dancing Through Time: A Sepik Cosmology (review) book and media reviews Dancing Through Time: A Sepik Cosmology, by Borut Telban. Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. isbn 0­19­823376­ 0; xii + 270 pages, maps, figures, tables, photographs, appendixes, glossary, notes, bibliography, index. us$88. Melanesian cultures are famously diverse. Yet there are some concepts that while not universally distributed throughout the cultures of the region at least appear to be important in a great many of them. Consider, for example, the complex notion of "base, root, cause, reason" that Tok Pisin speakers in Papua New Guinea regularly gloss as as. Or, to take an example of more recent origin, think about the widespread importance of ideas about culture and tradition captured in the Tok Pisin kastam and its cognates in other Melanesian linguae francae. Because versions of such concepts are important in many cultures, careful ethnographic discussions of them can be very valuable in the development of the anthropology of the region. It is one of the great merits of Telban's work that he has identified one of these generally important concepts that has received relatively little attention in the literature and has put his discussion of it at the center http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Dancing Through Time: A Sepik Cosmology (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 15 (1) – Feb 10, 2003

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book and media reviews Dancing Through Time: A Sepik Cosmology, by Borut Telban. Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. isbn 0­19­823376­ 0; xii + 270 pages, maps, figures, tables, photographs, appendixes, glossary, notes, bibliography, index. us$88. Melanesian cultures are famously diverse. Yet there are some concepts that while not universally distributed throughout the cultures of the region at least appear to be important in a great many of them. Consider, for example, the complex notion of "base, root, cause, reason" that Tok Pisin speakers in Papua New Guinea regularly gloss as as. Or, to take an example of more recent origin, think about the widespread importance of ideas about culture and tradition captured in the Tok Pisin kastam and its cognates in other Melanesian linguae francae. Because versions of such concepts are important in many cultures, careful ethnographic discussions of them can be very valuable in the development of the anthropology of the region. It is one of the great merits of Telban's work that he has identified one of these generally important concepts that has received relatively little attention in the literature and has put his discussion of it at the center

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