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Title Becoming a man in Melanesia
Published Paris, France : ZED, 2003
Online access available from:
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (52 min.)
Series Becoming a man
Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Summary Becoming a Man in Melanesia follows the epic ordeals of two young men who live on separate islands. And though they will never meet each other, they share a common, singular goal : to make the difficult passage into manhood. Each will face a grueling initiation ritual. To achieve this adult status in Melanesia, Junior from Kontu island in Papua has to capture a shark armed only with a lasso and a propeller, whereas Wabak from Pentecost island in Vanuatu has to jump from a wooden tower, his ankle bound with thick vines. Two ordeals, each with the same goal : becoming a man!
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 27, 2013)
Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Coming of age -- Melanesia.
Men -- Melanesia.
Initiation rites -- Melanesia.
Genre/Form Nonfiction films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Seþgur, Jeþrôme, director