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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