Ceremonial Occasions and Preparations

  • Edward L. Schieffelin


Kaluli stage their ceremonies most often to celebrate occasions when they formally create or affirm friendly relations with people in other longhouse communities: typically, marriages or major prestations of meat. Big prestations, where pigs are killed or huge packages of sago grubs are exchanged for smoked game, take some months to prepare. Each stage in the preparations may be celebrated with formal visiting and ceremonies before the climactic distribution itself.


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© Edward L. Schieffelin 2005

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