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The Journey of the Dead

The Journey of the Dead Told by Chief Sukon of Emil Potnambe n the traditional belief of our ancestors, when a person from Uripiv dies, their spirit eventually departs the island to join other spirits of the dead in a place near the big fire where all the dead spirits go, on the island of Ambrym. However, the spirit only begins its journey after it has discovered that it belongs to a person who has died. It happens like this: On the morning of the first day following the burial, the spirit of the dead person would go down to the beach on the other side of the island and stand there to warm itself in the rays of the sun as it rose from the east. As the sunlight threw the shadow of the spirit on the beach, the spirit, seeing its own shadow, would notice that its shadow was headless. A headless shadow is the mark of the spirit of a dead person. It was then that the spirit came to realize that it now belonged to a dead person. The spirit would then begin its journey to leave the island of Uripiv (the island of the living) in order to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Journey of the Dead

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 19 (2) – Aug 13, 2007

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Abstract

Told by Chief Sukon of Emil Potnambe n the traditional belief of our ancestors, when a person from Uripiv dies, their spirit eventually departs the island to join other spirits of the dead in a place near the big fire where all the dead spirits go, on the island of Ambrym. However, the spirit only begins its journey after it has discovered that it belongs to a person who has died. It happens like this: On the morning of the first day following the burial, the spirit of the dead person would go down to the beach on the other side of the island and stand there to warm itself in the rays of the sun as it rose from the east. As the sunlight threw the shadow of the spirit on the beach, the spirit, seeing its own shadow, would notice that its shadow was headless. A headless shadow is the mark of the spirit of a dead person. It was then that the spirit came to realize that it now belonged to a dead person. The spirit would then begin its journey to leave the island of Uripiv (the island of the living) in order to

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 13, 2007

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