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Faces of the Spirits: The Sulka People of Papua New Guinea (review)

Faces of the Spirits: The Sulka People of Papua New Guinea (review) book and media reviews 229 country has become independent, we “traditional” masks and ceremonies have had one problem after another. in Taimtop village; then, with a brief Prices of things have gone up. There’s nod to Papua New Guinea’s colonial theft and burglary everywhere. You history as a source of change, it segues can’t even trust your neighbours.” into part two in Wawas village, where Ghurau asks, “And the land problem? the opening of a new church and a How will that be solved?” “Another mortuary ceremony exemplify “con- girmit,” Fiji Lal replies matter of temporary” syncretic expressions of factly, “There is little hope” (306). masks and Sulka identity. Dauka Puran is an important novel The film shows effectively the and a significant social and cultural breathtaking, intricately carved and text. I hope it will inspire others to woven spirit-being mask (hemlaut) record their own impressions and with its mushroom shaped “hat”— recollections in a language whose nearly two meters in diameter—made enormous creative possibilities of barkcloth (tapa) or, nowadays, Subramani has laid before us. cotton sheeting. The hat is decorated on its top and underside with designs brij v lal depicting clan affiliations, nature spir- The Australian National http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Faces of the Spirits: The Sulka People of Papua New Guinea (review)

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

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

book and media reviews 229 country has become independent, we “traditional” masks and ceremonies have had one problem after another. in Taimtop village; then, with a brief Prices of things have gone up. There’s nod to Papua New Guinea’s colonial theft and burglary everywhere. You history as a source of change, it segues can’t even trust your neighbours.” into part two in Wawas village, where Ghurau asks, “And the land problem? the opening of a new church and a How will that be solved?” “Another mortuary ceremony exemplify “con- girmit,” Fiji Lal replies matter of temporary” syncretic expressions of factly, “There is little hope” (306). masks and Sulka identity. Dauka Puran is an important novel The film shows effectively the and a significant social and cultural breathtaking, intricately carved and text. I hope it will inspire others to woven spirit-being mask (hemlaut) record their own impressions and with its mushroom shaped “hat”— recollections in a language whose nearly two meters in diameter—made enormous creative possibilities of barkcloth (tapa) or, nowadays, Subramani has laid before us. cotton sheeting. The hat is decorated on its top and underside with designs brij v lal depicting clan affiliations, nature spir- The Australian National

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 10, 2003

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