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In the Midst of LifeAffect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai$
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A. L. Epstein

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520075627

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520075627.001.0001

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Tambu, Grief, and the Meaning of Death

Tambu, Grief, and the Meaning of Death

(p.150) 6 Tambu, Grief, and the Meaning of Death
In the Midst of Life

A. L. Epstein

University of California Press

Visitors to the Gazelle Peninsula were intrigued by the local monetary system and the way in which tambu was intricately interwoven into the very texture of social life. One such traveler commented that New Britain was the only savage country he had visited where the natives had a true money currency of a standard value. This chapter discusses how the tambu is invested with powerful affect that moves people to act in various ways. It also examines Tolai attitudes toward death and their cultural and affective responses to it in order to provide a deeper understanding of the attachment to tambu.

Keywords:   Tolai, tambu, death, affective response, money, currency

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