Women as Unseen Characters

Women as Unseen Characters
Male Ritual in Papua New Guinea

Pascale Bonnemère, Editor

2004 | 264 pages | Cloth $69.95
Anthropology | Women's Studies/Gender Studies
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Table of Contents

Note for Readers

Introduction
The Presence of Women in New Guinea Secret Male Rituals: From Ritual Space to Ritual Process

1. Sambia Women's Positionality and Men's Rituals
—Gilbert Herdt
2. Embodiments of Detachment: Engendering Agency in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea
—Sandra C. Bamford
3. When Women Enter the Picture: Looking at Anga Initiations from the Mothers' Angle
—Pascale Bonnemère
4. Ujawe: The Ritual Transformation of Sons and Mothers
—Marta A. Rohatynskyj
5. The Bachelors and Their Spirit Wife: Interpreting the Omatisia Ritual of Porgera and Paiela
—Aletta Biersack
6. Cults, Closures, Collaborations
—Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart
7. The Variability of Women's "Involvement" in Anga Male Initiations
—Pierre Lemonnier
8. Of Human and Spirit Women: From Mother to Seductress to Second Wife
—Polly Wiessner
9. Relating to Women: Female Presence in Melanesian "Male Cults"
—Bruce M. Knauft

Notes
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments