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ANTHRCUL 101
MIDTERM EXAM
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Kula Film
Lana Ziegler
The life of the people revolve around this jewel from the sea
The string of islands east of Papa New Guinea are known as the Kula Ring
What is Kula?
Kula is a shell found in the sea in the areas around Papa New Guinea
Crafted by people who live outside of the Kula Ring
Crafted into Mwali (armbands) or Bagi (necklaces)
The Mwali and Bagi move in opposite directions around the Kula Ring to be
traded from island to island.
Yams are grown in return for Mwali and Bagi, men start their Kula collection
with yams
Versatile- decoration, status, entertainment, currency, power, way to make
people work hard
Mystical Aspects
The papa people believe that the Kula leaders turn evil in order to become
sorcerers or the masters of Kula
They claim that their eyes are not their own but of a sea eagle, and that their
tongues are not their own but of a parakeet etc.
No youth can call himself a male unless he embarks on a Kula Voyage
Month long voyages in which not all survive, as there are wild witches who
feed off of the drowning men at sea.
Chief believes he is a Garden Magician
Chief
Nala Bitow (spelling?)
Renound for the quality of yams. Again yams are a type of currency and
object of trade in the Kula Ring.
People believe that he knows how to make rain and droughts and this is why
he is the chief
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