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A summary of the Book: Murinbada tribe; 1. The lineaments of sacrifice striking resemblances between the form of a bullroarer ceremony and the form of sacrificial ceremonies in more developed religion Ceremony of Punj; 2. Sacramentalism rite and myth - relations between Punj, and circumcision, totemism (all types), myth relating to Punj, other myths, relations between myth and rite, sequences of conduct; 3. Symbolism in the higher rites geometric idiom of ceremonies, symbolizing processes and types 4. The design plan of a riteless myth - the rainbow serpent, the problem of myth variation, three fragmentary accounts (Marithiel, Wagaman, Nangiomeri), analysis of myth, structural plans of 3 dramas; Myth of Kunmanggur, myth of Punj, rite of Punj 5. The design plans of mythless rites circumcision, mortuary, myth of Kulpi; 6. Cosmos and society made correlative - positive features of Murinbada religion, the dynamical or integrative aspect of the rites, and the underlying philosophy; A concluding note - explanation of series and viewpoint from which it was written. (Source: TROVE)


  • Is part of the Oceania monograph series.
  • Content includes:

    I. The lineaments of sacrifice The ceremony of Punj or Karwadi. Structure or operations. Transitive and intransitive conduct.

    II. Sacramentalism, Rite and Myth. Some theorectical considerations. Relations between Punj and circumcision. The sacramental plan the search for a paradigm

    Relations between myth and rite. Analogy, allegory and explanation. Myth, rite and reality. The mood of assent.

    III. Symbolism in the highere rites. Levels of awareness. The geometric idiom of ceremony. The problem of Tjirmumuk. Symbolising: Processes and types. A repeated theme and congruent symbolising. The build of the dreaming. The dominant symbolism.

    IV. The design-plan of a riteless myth. The myth of the rainbow serpent. The problem of myth variation. Three fragmentary accounts. The Murinbata myth. Palimpsest and overscript. Analysis of a riteless myth.

    V. The design-plan of a mythless rites. Introduction. Circumcision at puberty. The mortuary rite. Kukpi, the black snake woman. Common elements of design.

    VI Cosmos and society made correlative. Tradition as a symbolised history. The collapse of a tradition. The positive features of Murinbata religion. The context of understanding. A philosophical speculation. The dynamics of a developing religion. The religious economy.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney,: University of Sydney , 1966 .
      Extent: viii, 171p.
      Description: illus.
      • "Reprint of a series of articles which have appeared in Oceania from December 1959 to September 1963 (vol. XXX, no. 2, pp. 108-127; XXX, no. 4. pp. 245-278; XXXI, no. 2, pp. 100-120; XXXI, no. 4, pp. 233-258; XXXII, no. 2, pp. 79-108; XXXIII, no. 4, pp. 239-273; XXXIV, no. 1, pp. 56-58)
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