Pigs for the Ancestors. Ritual in the Ecology of a New Guinea People. ROY A. RAPPAPORT.

Pigs for the Ancestors. Ritual in the Ecology of a New Guinea People.

New Haven. Yale University Press. 1967. Stock ID #149580

Map, black and white photographic illustrations, xviii + 501pp, appendices, bibliographies, index, gilt writing on spine and upper cover, a good copy in little marked cloth covered boards.

"A study of the Tsembaga Maring people in the Central Highlands of New Guinea. Taking them to be part of a complex ecological system which includes their human neighbours as well as the flora and fauna with which they share their territory, the author argues that their elaborate ritual cycle, which ostensibly refers to spirits, in fact operates as a homeostatic mechanism regulating the size of the pig population, acreage in cultivation, fallow periods, energy expenditure in subsistence activities, protein ingestion, man-land ratios, and the frequency of fighting." (Publisher's description).

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