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Cards on Kiriwina: Magic, Cosmology, and the 'Divine Dividual' in Trobriand Gambling

Mosko, Mark


Trobriand Islanders adopted card gambling from Europeans in colonial times alongside a growing familiarity with introduced money and commodities. Most ethnographic reports of gambling elsewhere in PNG have concentrated on its secular aspects. Here I focus on its ritual dimension summarized by the notion of laki ('lucky') as expressed in the agentive capacities of a new player, the 'divine dividual', who synthesizes elements of Sahlins's 'divine king' and the 'dividual' of the New Melanesian...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceania
DOI: 10.1002/ocea.5058


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