Koreri Messianic Movements in the Biak-Numfor Culture Area: by Freerk Ch. Kamma (auth.)

By Freerk Ch. Kamma (auth.)

This research constructed out of the non-public adventure of lifestyle that I and my family members had within the years 1932-1942 one of the Biak­ conversing humans of the Radja Ampat quarter (Sorong), West New Guinea. Our family members had turn into built-in into the group so far as attainable, and we used the Biak language each day. 3 of the pursuits defined during this e-book came about in that sector, in order that i used to be capable of research them lower than the favorable stipulations of direct participation and statement. the 1st version of the e-book in 1954 (in Dutch) used to be the writer's doctoral thesis (Ph. D.), written less than the suggestions of the past due Professor J. P. B. de Josselin de Jong. i'm very thankful to the Royal Institute of Linguistics and Anthro­ pology, Leiden, for publishing the revised English variation in its Translation sequence. The Biak fabric merits extra readers than the Dutch version was once capable of reach.

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After eight generations (ct. pp. 81-82), however, he will return and then Koreri, will come for New Guinea. The Numfor people spread southward and westward and together with those of Biak they inhabited the Korano Fiak (Radja Ampat) Islands, the north coast of the Vogelkopand in the south the shores of the Geelvink Bay· (Swanyabruri). CHAPTER III THE RETURN OF MANSEREN MANGGUNDI AND THE CONCLUSION OF THE MYTH a. The return Opinions differ as to whether the myth of Manseren Manggundi originally included the belief in a Return.

Thereupon grandfather cassowary took his grandchild and the basket on his back and returned to his dwellingplace (Manswarbori). Then the prince went home. In the evening he gave orders to catch the princess to be his sweetheart and whoever succeeded in capturing her he promised his sister for a wife. Other versions relate that two young girls discovered the bird, who was carrying on his back a young man they both desired for a husband. They offered two pigs as a prize for whoever captured him. Next morning an army set out.

B. Rumbino, who was very ill, expressed the wish that his remains should be buried at Meokwundi Island. His body was cremated and his ashes were brought back to Meokwundi. 30 CHAPTER II One morning he climbed to the top of his coconut tree again and discovered that his palm-wine was gone. He raised an outcry and interrogated the people to find out who had drunk it. But no-one confessed. Next morning he climbed to the top of his coconut tree again and what had happened? Once more his palm-wine had been drunk by a thief, as he thought.

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