Australian Museum Journal A Papuan sorcery tube

Shortform:
Thorpe, 1921, Rec. Aust. Mus. 13(4): 173–174
Author(s):
Thorpe, W. W.
Year published:
1921
Title:
A Papuan sorcery tube
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
13
Issue:
4
Start page:
173
End page:
174
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.13.1921.868
Language:
English
Date published:
12 April 1921
Cover date:
12 April 1921
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ANTHROPOLOGY; NEW GUINEA; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS
Digitized:
08 January 2009
Available online:
06 March 2009
Reference number:
868
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
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Complete work:
Complete work (465kb PDF)

Abstract

From His Excellency, Judge J. H. P. Murray, Lieutenant-Governor of Papua, the Trustees have just received as a donation, a small bamboo box, or tube (Fig. 1), used for the purpose of sorcery.

This receptacle, known as ile, is from Modeva Village, on Suau, or Stacey Island, South Cape District, Eastern Division, Papua. The tube is an ordinary section of bamboo, with a length of 4 1/4 inches and a diameter of 1 1/2 inches, the internode forming the bottom, and capped by a rind lid. This latter has been identified by Mr. E. Cheel, of the Botanic Gardens, as the rind of a lime (Citrus). Some transverse scratches are added near the upper margin of the tube which may be scars produced when trimming the lid....