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Names are Thicker than BloodKinship and Ownership amongst the Iatmul$
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Andrew Moutu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264454

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264454.001.0001

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Nyamun Shambu: An Ontology of Brotherhood

Nyamun Shambu: An Ontology of Brotherhood

(p.113) 4 Nyamun Shambu: An Ontology of Brotherhood
Names are Thicker than Blood

Andrew Moutu

British Academy

This chapter focuses on the Iatmul notion of nyamun shambu — the elder brother and younger brother — to articulate an Iatmul version of the ‘fractal person’. Situating this idea of personhood in an Iatmul context provides an analytical perspective to compare the nature of the naming system in Iatmul with that of its immediate neighbours, the Manambu.

Keywords:   Iatmul, elder brother, younger brother, fractal person, naming system, Manambu

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