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The leaving of this transient world : a study of Iban eschatology and mortuary practices

Uchibori, Motomitsu


This is a study of the eschatology and mortuary practices of the Iban of Sarawak, East Malaysia. The Iban have the notion of a single separable soul, called semengat. While a person is still alive, the semengat is the actor in dream experiences. At death the semengat leaves the body. Belief in the survival of the semengat, evidenced in dreams about the dead, is the core of Iban eschatology. The Iban also have the notion of life-images which represent an analogy of human life to plant...[Show more]

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Date published: 1978
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d76367e33521


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