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Bisj poles: sculptures from the rainforest

(2007)
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Bisj poles are long, figuratively-carved tree trunks from the southwest of New Guinea. The poles serve as a memorial for the deceased and have been named for the ritual of which they form the centre, the bisj. This ritual has to do with the cycle of life and death and—in former times—with head-hunting and actions of revenge. Through pacification and Christianization of the Asmat, these practices were banned and ethnologists feared that the associated rituals and woodcarving art would, as a result, disappear. The resulting collection is a celebration of this dying art form, gathering together photographs and text on both the ritual and the art form.
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identity, cultus, ritual, Oceania, West Papua, ethnographic art, Asmat, New Guinea, woodcarving, bisj poles

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Chicago
van der Zee, Paulina. 2007. Bisj Poles: Sculptures from the Rainforest. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT.
APA
van der Zee, Paulina. (2007). Bisj poles: sculptures from the rainforest. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT.
Vancouver
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van der Zee P. Bisj poles: sculptures from the rainforest. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT; 2007.
MLA
van der Zee, Paulina. Bisj Poles: Sculptures from the Rainforest. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: KIT, 2007. Print.
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  abstract     = {Bisj poles are long, figuratively-carved tree trunks from the southwest of New Guinea. The poles serve as a memorial for the deceased and have been named for the ritual of which they form the centre, the bisj.
This ritual has to do with the cycle of life and death and—in former times—with head-hunting and actions of revenge. Through pacification and Christianization of the Asmat, these practices were banned and ethnologists feared that the associated rituals and woodcarving art would, as a result, disappear. The resulting collection is a celebration of this dying art form, gathering together photographs and text on both the ritual and the art form.},
  author       = {van der Zee, Paulina},
  isbn         = {9789068324785},
  keywords     = {identity,cultus,ritual,Oceania,West Papua,ethnographic art,Asmat,New Guinea,woodcarving,bisj poles},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {120},
  publisher    = {KIT},
  title        = {Bisj poles: sculptures from the rainforest},
  year         = {2007},
}