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Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian Ideologies of the New Guinea Men's House (review)

Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian Ideologies of the New Guinea Men's House (review) 240 the contemporary pacific • 17:1 (2005) context would be different. Because to stop letting new recruits into the he failed to accurately explain the secrets of the men’s house. Older men institutions, I find myself unable to started to confine the secrets to them- agree with his conclusions. selves, perfecting the exchange and idealization of themselves before their david keanu sai secrets vanished. Herdt explores pow- University of Hawai‘i, Mänoa erfully the pathos of cultural loss, of cultural treasures passed on since *** times immemorial but now halted. Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian This is also the pathos of being Ideologies of the New Guinea Men’s robbed of one’s sons, of the memori- House, by Gilbert Herdt. Ann Arbor: alizing power of the living ritually University of Michigan Press, 2003. directed toward the dead. It was also isbn cloth, 0-472-09761-x; paper, the castration and demasculinization 0-472-06761-3; xvii + 269 pages, of a world. Today, missionaries have map, photograph, notes, bibliography, laid claims to the souls of the young index. Cloth, us$64.95; paper, who receive Christian names not us$26.95. grounded in ancestral myths, songs, and places. Christianity also brings In this thoughtful book, Gilbert Herdt new ways of hanging http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian Ideologies of the New Guinea Men's House (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (1) – Jan 27, 2005

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Copyright © 2005 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

240 the contemporary pacific • 17:1 (2005) context would be different. Because to stop letting new recruits into the he failed to accurately explain the secrets of the men’s house. Older men institutions, I find myself unable to started to confine the secrets to them- agree with his conclusions. selves, perfecting the exchange and idealization of themselves before their david keanu sai secrets vanished. Herdt explores pow- University of Hawai‘i, Mänoa erfully the pathos of cultural loss, of cultural treasures passed on since *** times immemorial but now halted. Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian This is also the pathos of being Ideologies of the New Guinea Men’s robbed of one’s sons, of the memori- House, by Gilbert Herdt. Ann Arbor: alizing power of the living ritually University of Michigan Press, 2003. directed toward the dead. It was also isbn cloth, 0-472-09761-x; paper, the castration and demasculinization 0-472-06761-3; xvii + 269 pages, of a world. Today, missionaries have map, photograph, notes, bibliography, laid claims to the souls of the young index. Cloth, us$64.95; paper, who receive Christian names not us$26.95. grounded in ancestral myths, songs, and places. Christianity also brings In this thoughtful book, Gilbert Herdt new ways of hanging

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 27, 2005

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