Living Landscapes of the Dead: Archaeology of the Afterworld among the Rumu of Papua New Guinea

Authored by: Bruno David , Max Pivoru , William Pivoru , Michael Green , Bryce Barker , James F. Weiner , Douglas Simala , Thomas Kokents , Lisa Araho , John Dop

Handbook of Landscape Archaeology

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781598742947
eBook ISBN: 9781315427737
Adobe ISBN: 9781315427720

10.4324/9781315427737.ch14

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Abstract

All over the world, cultural groups understand the world to operate in different ways. Central to these various philosophies of life is how people make sense of the mysteries of their lived environments: how do we connect what we know (and can control), with what we do not know (and cannot truly control). An answer that all cultures have—our own included—is the spirit world, that powerful, nebulous realm that enables us to make sense of things and that touches us at the deepest existential levels while always remaining somehow distant and mysterious.

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