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The individual in Simbari male initiation

Herdt, Gilbert H.


This thesis examines the experience of individuals in a male initiation among Simbari of Papua New Guinea. The data are drawn from actual observations of initiation rituals in 1975, and from extended case studies of individual novices collected between 1974-1976. I emphasize the subjective consciousness of participants as an element in understanding the behaviour of initiation, and the efficacy of ritual symbolism in influencing the behavioural development of males. Simbari are...[Show more]

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Date published: 1977
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d514619b8e98
Access Rights: Open Access


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