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Trobrianders also known as “Kilivila”, “Kiriwina”, “Kitava”, “Vakuta”, “Kaileuna” Pitek, Emily


Located off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Trobriand Islands are home to several thousand individuals who live in villages organized by matrilineages. The Trobrianders do not participate in an official, organized religion. Their belief system is largely dominated by magic and ceremonial practices, including garden magic and the kula, an inter-island trading ring. Spells, land, taboos, ancestral history, and social position are owned and shared by members of specific matrilineages. This entry focuses on the main island, Kiriwina, ca. 1914.

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