Ritual in Tikopia of the Solomons


    IN the first volume of his account of the ritual cycle 1 known as “The Work of the Gods” in Tikopia, an isolated community in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Prof. Raymond Firth has confined himself mainly to giving an ethnographical account, reserving for later publication the major part of theoretical interpretation. In his introductory remarks, however, after pointing out that this, the most spectacular of his discoveries, had been mentioned only by the Rev. H. J. Durrad and Dr. H. R. Rivers without any hint that they were anything more than isolated performances, he goes on to indicate its basic significance for the understanding of Tikopia, while its analogies with rites in Hawaii and Tonga suggest interpretations of these latter, which cannot be inferred from the existing fragmentary and obscure accounts.

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    Ritual in Tikopia of the Solomons. Nature 145, 435 (1940). https://doi.org/10.1038/145435a0

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