This thesis explores and describes the lived world of the people inhabiting the
Lelet Plateau in central New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Its particular focus is
embodiment and the forms of corporeal imagery in magical belief, interpreted from a
perspective that draws on Bakhtin's dialogism and Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology.
Bakhtin argues that dialogic relations extend far beyond dialogic speech in the
narrow sense and are imbued in the entire realm of living thought. For him there is
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