Anthropological Essays Presented to Edward Burnett Tylor in Honour of His 75th Birthday Oct.2, 1907

Anthropological Essays Presented to Edward Burnett Tylor in Honour of His 75th Birthday Oct.2, 1907

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...of certain totems on one side to certain totems on the other is given by Mr. Howitt in the case of the southern Urabunna (pp. 93, 187, 188).2 'The table is evidently 1 My italics. 'Mr. Howitt's source is Mr. J. Hogarth, of whom (if I do not misunderstand him) he says that 'my correspondent had not their scientific training or wide knowledge of the subject'. 'They' are Messrs. Spencer and Gillen (p. 282). As many tribes, including the W'onkanguru, apply the same titles, such as imperfecthe says, but, clearly enough, some totems may marry into two or even three totems in the opposite phratry, and vice versa. This limitation appears to me to be only a form or germ of the four sub-class system. The Buntamurra tribe (with female descent! has that system; and, as the tribesman who gave information averred that 'certain totems belonged to his sub-class', he must also have conceived that only certain totem kins could marry into certain other totem kins (Howitt, pp. 113, 114, 220-7). When Mr. Howitt tells us that among the southern Urabunna (the Yendakarangu) 'the rule is that certain totems of the one class are assigned to certain totems of the other' (p. 1S7), he seems to mo to indicate at least the germ of the four-class system as it is understood by his Buntamurra informant, who, as Mr. Howitt shows, misunderstands it (p. 227). Leaving out of view the local limitations of the Kumai and others, we have now seen all the limitations presented by Mr. Howitt--in his Summary. They have, he concludes, 'the effect, no doubt intended, of preventing marriages of persons of too near flesh. All these complicated and cumulative restrictions were certainly made intentionally to meet a tribal sense of morality' (p. 283). Mr. Howitt, in his Summary, we see, has...show more

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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236621476
  • 9781236621474