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Warriors of the Hornbill, victims of the Mantis : history and embodied morality among the Buli of Central Halmahera

Bubandt, Nils Ole


This thesis is an ethnographic account of the Buli, an Austronesian-speaking and predominantly Christian group numbering some 3,500 people who live on the central east coast of Halmahera in the northeastern comer of Indonesia. The study focuses on the Buli category of gua, a cannibal spirit that possesses particular people and forces them to attack and devour the liver of fellow villagers. Such attacks cause serious illness and often death. Taking the events that surrounded gua attacks and...[Show more]

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Date published: 1995
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d70f0a0bbc02


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