LAND OF DAHORI: Tales of New Guinea by Olaf Ruhen

LAND OF DAHORI: Tales of New Guinea

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from the November 1st bulletin, as follows: ""A sort of fictional recreation of various stages in the life history of man through the natives of New Guinea. Many of the stories explore the basis for witchcraft as a rule by fear of the village elders, and he attempts always to reconstruct the thinking processes of the people. An early story is that of a leader who left his people and enticed them to learn the value of gardening by associating a magic power with the natural one and sacrificing himself so that they might obtain his 'power'. There is the oncoming of the missionary who tries to get the women to wear clothes above the waist and whom a Westerner discourages. There are the government men, one who meets his end at the hands of the elders who must back up the superstition of a mute death if one walks in the dark of the moon, another who finds loyalty in a native who tries to defend the administrator's wife from her vengeful outburst and survives her willful treachery. To be considered not as works of fiction but as illustrations of life as it may have been lived.

Pub Date: July 10th, 1957
Publisher: Lippincott