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Author Elkin, A. P. (Adolphus Peter), 1891-1979, author

Title The Australian Aborigines : how to understand them / by A. P. Elkin
Edition Second edition
Published Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1943


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Description 263 pages; 21 unnumbered page of plates : illustrations, 1 folded map ; 22 cm
Contents The Aborigines and their manner of life : Who are the Aborigines?; The main divisions of mankind; Physical characteristics of the Aborigine; Are there any other Australoid groups?; The migrations of the Aborigines; The antiquity of man in Australia; Australian tribes and languages; The Aborigines' means of livelihood; Nomadic food gatherers; Material posessions; Position of the Aborigines amongst the peoples of the world -- The land and the Aborigines The tribe; The tribe, a linguistsic group; Significance of tribal territory; Inter-tribal gatherings; Inter-tribal meetings and culture contact; Inter-tribal meetings and language; Tribal sentiment; Fear of the unknown; Tribal names; Tribal customs and mythology; The local group; An economic, territorial and spiritual subdivision of the tribe -- The family and other relations Part 1: General introduction : the home; the family; kinhsip : our family system; The Aborigines classificatory system: types of kinship systems in Australia Part II: Some details of systems of reckoning relationship in Australia: the Kariera type; The Karadjeri system; the Nyul-Nyul or Aranda system; The Aluridja system; the Ungarinyin system. Appendix: the fourth line of descent in the Karadjeri system -- Social groups : part 1 (i) The local group; (ii) Age-grouping; (iii) Sex-grouping; (iv) Social totemic clans; (v) Moieties; (vi) Sections, subsections and semi-moieties Part II Sections: sections, generation lines and cross-cousins; Sections and maternal descent; Sections and natural species; Sections and moieties; Subsections: descent of the sub-sections; Subsections and totemism; Alternate and irregular marriages; Semi-moieties -- Kinship and marriage customs puzzling to us : The need to understand these customs; The classificatory kinship system; Kinship and law; Kinship avoidance; Relations by marriage; Blood relations; Taboo on names; Puzzling marriage custosm; Methods of obtaining a wife; Marriage of old men and young girls; Uses of wives, objectionable to us; Prostitution of native women -- Totemism: Man, nature and the past : The approach to totemism; Seven forms of totemism; Individual; Sex; Moiety; Section (and subsection); Clan; Local; Multiple; Classification of totemism according to function; Socia; Sex; Cult; Conception; Dream; Classificatory; Assistant -- The secret life and initiation : Culture contact and the secret life; Missionary problems; The life apart; Ritual operations on the body; The meaning and social function of the rites; Initiation rites : the stages or degrees; (i) the taking of the novice; (ii) Ceremonial welcome and combat; (iii) Preliminary ceremonial; (iv) The ritual bodily operations; (v) The period of seclusion; (vi) The blood ceremony; (vii) The fire ceremony; (viii) The washing and the return; (ix) Revelation of secrets; sacred symbols; the dream-time; the value and function of initiation ceremonies; Appendix: The secret life and missionary endeavour -- Aboriginal philosophy, rites and beliefs : The spiritual view of life; The doctrine of pre-existence; Increase rites; cave paintings in north-western Australia; use of blood in totemic ceremonies; Effects of the doctrine of pre-existence; The totemic view of life; The historical view of life; Psychic life of the Aborigines; The cure of sickness; Mythology; The sky-heroes -- Medicine-men and magic : The sorcerer; Magical cause of illness and death; Contagious, imitative and projective forms of magic; The pointing bone; Singing; Function of black magic; The danger of magic; Medicine-men and sorcerers; Functions and powers of medicine-men; Medicine-men and spiritism; Medicine-men and inquests; Themaking of medicine-men; Appendix: The ritual of making medicine-men -- Death and what follows: Death, inquest and revenge : death, a social event; Customs associated with dying and death; The inquest and its forms; The spirit and the corpse; Divination and control; Revenge and social duty; Burial rites; Social status and burial; The meaning of the ceremonies; The fate of the dead; The cycle of life
Notes Copies 2 and 3 1948 reprint
Bibliography "Additional reading": pages [257]-258
Notes This work contains text and/or images that may cause offence to members of the Australian Aboriginal community, or may be deemed inappropriate for some users on the grounds of sex, age or social status by the Australian Aboriginal community
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.
Aboriginal Australians -- Kinship.
Aboriginal Australians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.
Aboriginal Australians.
Ethnology -- Australia.
LC no. 11919878