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From Land to MouthThe Agricultural "Economy" of the Wola of the New Guinea Highlands$
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Paul Sillitoe

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300142266

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300142266.001.0001

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Taro Gardens

(p.376) Chapter 11 Exchange
From Land to Mouth

Paul Sillitoe

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on one of the tasks that the males in the Was Valley spend time on, namely exchanges. It first looks at the cultivation and taboos of taro, a crop that is a prominent feature in exchanges. Spells that are used in planting taro, some of which are examined in detail, are explained. The next section looks at the status of taro in antiquity and the custom of taro exchange. The last half of the chapter talks about different views on exchange, such as the formalists and substantivists, and the other items that have been associated with wealth.

Keywords:   exchanges, taro, cultivation, taboos, planting, wealth, taro exchange, views on exchange

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