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The End of the Beginning? Mining, sacred geographies, memory and performance in Lihir

Bainton, Nicholas; Ballard, Christopher; Gillespie, Kirsty


This article explores the critical ways in which the relationship between landscape and memory is mediated by performance-through song, dance, ritual and the movements of the living and the dead. In the Lihir group of islands, in Papua New Guinea, these acts of memorialisation are rehearsed on a remarkable stage, an involuted cosmography or sacred geography in which the cosmological point of origin, the sacred rock of Ailaya, is also the ultimate destination for all human and spirit forms....[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-6547.2012.00169.x


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