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The Rainbow Serpent on the Upper Sepik

Robert Brumbaugh
Anthropos
Bd. 82, H. 1./3. (1987), pp. 25-33
Published by: Anthropos Institut
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40462298
Page Count: 9
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The Rainbow Serpent on the Upper Sepik
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Abstract

The mythical Rainbow Serpent is important in the beliefs of Feranmin and neighboring Mountain Ok groups in the West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. The Feranmin concept, a focus for social and ritual arrangements that involve warfare and land, parallels beliefs of aboriginal Australia and other areas of New Guinea. This paper suggests that the Rainbow Serpent image may reflect a widespread symbolism of "regeneration."

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