Cowries among the Me or Ekagi

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Sibbele Hylkema

The Impact of a new Currency on a Group of Central Highlanders in Papua, Indonesia. Edited by Anton Ploeg

ISBN 978-3-643-90200-9
Band-Nr. 8
Jahr 2012
Seiten 208
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Comparative Anthropological Studies in Society, Cosmology and Politics


Sibbele Hylkema ofm, 1933 – 1998, was a missionary who worked among the Me
or Ekagi from 1969 to 1994. But he was also a gifted ethnographer who left
behind a large and impressive corpus of data dealing with these people. So
far little of this work has been published. The present book contains his
analysis of the role of cowrie shells in the social life of the Me. They
were a means of payment, „money“, but simultaneously amulets charged with
supernatural power. Hylkema traces their rise, not long before the
colonial era, and fall, in the 1970s and ’80s.

The editor, Anton Ploeg, is an honorary staff member of the Centre for
Pacific and Asian Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.