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Romeo and Julia of West Papua :a mythical explanation of the decoration of paddles of the Asmat

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Romantic stories about beautiful women usually conflict with the ideals of the Asmat headhunting culture. Whilst the carved anthropomorphic figure of the Asmat paddle blades is related to male headhunting raids, the tar motif is indicating a female aspect of the decoration. This internal contrast points in the direction of a kind of symbolic stratification. ’ It brings us to the figurative ‘two sides of the picture’ which deal with male and female strategies for continuity.
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West Papua, New Guinea, Oceania, decoration, symbols, Asmat, Ethnographic objects

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van der Zee, Paulina. 2008. “Romeo and Julia of West Papua :a Mythical Explanation of the Decoration of Paddles of the Asmat.” In ESfO General Meeting, Putting People First : Intercultural Dialogue and Imagining the Future in Oceania, ed. Anna Paini, 45–45. Verona, Italy: Università di Verona.
APA
van der Zee, Paulina. (2008). Romeo and Julia of West Papua :a mythical explanation of the decoration of paddles of the Asmat. In A. Paini (Ed.), ESfO General Meeting, Putting people first : Intercultural Dialogue and Imagining the Future in Oceania (pp. 45–45). Presented at the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), 2008, Verona, Italy: Università di Verona.
Vancouver
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van der Zee P. Romeo and Julia of West Papua :a mythical explanation of the decoration of paddles of the Asmat. In: Paini A, editor. ESfO General Meeting, Putting people first : Intercultural Dialogue and Imagining the Future in Oceania. Verona, Italy: Università di Verona; 2008. p. 45–45.
MLA
van der Zee, Paulina. “Romeo and Julia of West Papua :a Mythical Explanation of the Decoration of Paddles of the Asmat.” ESfO General Meeting, Putting People First : Intercultural Dialogue and Imagining the Future in Oceania. Ed. Anna Paini. Verona, Italy: Università di Verona, 2008. 45–45. Print.
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  abstract     = {Romantic stories about beautiful women usually conflict with the ideals of the Asmat headhunting culture. Whilst the carved anthropomorphic figure of the Asmat paddle blades is related to male headhunting raids, the tar motif is indicating a female aspect of the decoration. This internal contrast points in the direction of a kind of symbolic stratification. {\textquoteright} It brings us to the figurative {\textquoteleft}two sides of the picture{\textquoteright} which deal with male and female strategies for continuity.},
  author       = {van der Zee, Paulina},
  booktitle    = {ESfO General Meeting, Putting people first : Intercultural Dialogue and Imagining the Future in Oceania},
  editor       = {Paini, Anna },
  keyword      = {West Papua,New Guinea,Oceania,decoration,symbols,Asmat,Ethnographic objects},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Verona},
  pages        = {45--45},
  publisher    = {Universit{\`a} di Verona},
  title        = {Romeo and Julia of West Papua :a mythical explanation of the decoration of paddles of the Asmat},
  year         = {2008},
}