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Sacred Revenge in Oceania


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Introduction; Bellona Island; 'Payback', and its cosmic implications; Revenge and sorcery-divination; The genesis of exchange - Mount Hagen; Historical complications in the revenge complex; Peace-making in Hagen - A Reprise in Ongka's Account; Maring and Melpa - from elementary to complex structures; Variant ontologies - extensions of the model of sacred revenge; Structures in history - The Enga; Envoi: gifts and violence; Broader contexts; Some ending thoughts.

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Explores revenge as a motivation relating to conflict and violence, specifically within Oceania.

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