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One ceremony, one song : an economy of religious knowledge among the Yolnu of north-east Arnhem Land

Keen, Ian


This thesis is an examination of the relationship between the organisation, ownership and content of religious practice and knowledge, marriage, and power relations in Yolnu society. In the Introduction I argue that older men require the authority gained through their control of secret ceremonies and religious knowledge, in order to sustain a polygynous regime. Further, the particular form of Yolnu religious institutions makes possible the operation of their particu­ lar system of...[Show more]

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Date published: 1978-08
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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