[Mihalic] A few comments on recent entries
Thomas H. Slone
THSlone at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 26 19:08:13 EST 2005
Some botanical information on definition #1 can be found at:
Bailer shell: Hinton (1977: 50) says the bailer shell is either of
two species, Melo aethiopicus or M. umbilicatus.
Large cowrie shells: Hinton (1977: 11-16) says cowrie shells are in
the genus Cypraea.
Some botanical information is available at:
This page indicates an origin for the word as "WI", but I couldn't
find what that means (West Indies??).
Lek: definition 4 is now "those parts of the roots of a tree that are
above ground". Isn't this likely to refer to a tree buttress as well?
Definition #8 should probably have a cross-reference to "marila".
Karim lek: The custom of karim lek was carried to the South Fore of
Eastern Highlands Province by Simbu policemen, but was apparently
short-lived (Alpers, 1992: 318). Lobban (1985: 32) gives a 1-page
description of karim lek, as described by Paraka Mara from the
Other courtship customs are "kukim nus" and "tanim het" (practiced
among in the Melpa and Tambul areas). Lobban (1985: 31) describes
tanim het as follows, "Boys and girls line up face-to-face. The boy's
left ear is placed on the girl's right ear. The faces roll until the
boy's right ear touches the girl's left ear." Kukim nus, is
practiced in the Highlands. It is I suppose a kind of nose rubbing
in courtship; does anyone know the details of this practice?
Alpers, Michael P. (1992). Kuru. In: Human Biology in Papua New
Guinea: The Small Cosmos, Robert D. Attenborough & Michael P. Alpers,
eds. Research Monographs on Human Population Biology 10. New York:
Clarendon Press, pp. 313-334.
Hinton, Alan (). Guide to Shells of Papua New Guinea. Port
Moresby: Robert Brown.
Lobban, William D. (1985). "A collection of children's singing games
of Papua New Guinea." Oral History 13(2).
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