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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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Naming and Necessity in Iatmul

Naming and Necessity in Iatmul

(p.171) 6 Naming and Necessity in Iatmul
Names are Thicker than Blood

Andrew Moutu

British Academy

This chapter discusses the process of naming amongst the Daribi, Iqwaye, and Iatmul societies in Papua New Guinea. Amidst the discussion on the Daribi and the Iqwaye is a philosophical discussion of naming and necessity. The theoretical intention of the chapter is to suggest how the category of relationships can be conceptualised as a metaphysical necessity in ontological terms. It attempts to concretise this in terms of naming practices.

Keywords:   names, naming, Daribi, Iqwaye, Papua New Guinea

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