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Open Access Corpse Eating and an Illicit Cult

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Corpse Eating and an Illicit Cult

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This chapter explains the lived experiences of Lambert Marani, who was a civil servant in the Papuan hinterlands. His decision to become a bestuursambtenaar (employee of the civil service) was based on none other than his desire to know the cultures and ways of life of the Papuan nation, both on the coasts and in the mountains in the interior. And because it would be possible for him to develop the people to make them good; to turn primitive people into a group capable of implementing government in Papua. His one of the interesting experiences was when he encountered a community that followed the kasiep sect, an illicit cult from Ormu that later spread to Genyem, Nimboran and Unurum. In this cult they sometimes swapped wives with each other. At the time he was serving as the district head of Unurum.

Keywords:civil servant; corpse eating; illicit cult; Papuan hinterlands



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