By K. O. L. Burridge (auth.), Drs. W. E. A. Van Beek, Dr. J. H. Scherer (eds.)

This Festschrift is devoted to Prof. Dr. J. van Baal at the party of his retirement from the chair of cultural anthropology on the college of Utrecht. The essays offered listed below are written by means of fellow students in attractiveness of his awesome contributions to the sphere of anthropology. which will manage the papers araund a subject matter that hasn't ever ceased to fascinate van Baal, we have now requested the participants to be aware of a rel­ igious topic. inside this huge region no particular issues were solicit­ ed, and the authors-- customarily fellow anthropologists and scholars of relig­ ion-- were capable of pursue their very own own pursuits within the articles. however, whilst the papers have been accumulated, we came across it attainable to staff them lower than 3 headings, each one of which represents an aspect of ·1an Baal's enduring pursuits. in fact, a few overlap is inevitable, because it is in any categorisation of heterogeneaus goods. the themes of the 3 sections certainly not characterize an exhaustive stock of all fields van Baal has effectively explored. the point of interest on faith unavoidably leaves out many difficulties van Baal has actively occ- ied hirnself with in the course of his many-sided profession. therefore the tutorial stance of the Festschrift on no account will pay tribute to his lengthy main issue with admi.

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The young men of the dance society are initiated with: - a whistle, horns, masks, rings of cedar bark of the spirits representing their voices, faces and clothes. From now on the young men can act like spirits. - new names, indicateing that the men are new beings. - yells, songs and dances representing the language, the singing and dancing of the spirits. - instruction in the ritual of the dance society. ad. III. (Kamilaroi). The young men of the Kamilaroi are initiated with: - the elements of a man's outfit: a belt, a skirt, etc.

Nijhoff, 's-Gravenhage, 1950; p. 1770. 9. ; p. 105. 10. , p. 234 and cf. W. Baetke ibidem p. 144. 11. See for instance in Setbatverständnis und Wesen the contributions of W. Baetke, pp. 144 ff. and of H. Clavier, pp. 284 ff. 12. As for instance M. Dhavamony did in his Phenomenotogy of Religion, Gregorian University Press, Rome, 1973; pp. 180-194. 13. c. p. 147. 14. See French edition, Payot, Paris, 1948; pp. 10, 12. 15. Cf. c. p. 41. 16. See Setbatverständnis und Wesen, p. 266. 17. Cf. c. pp. 180 ff.

Nowadays the pupil does no langer get his instruction for his future occupation from the preceptor but only for some ritual performances as a head of the hausehold which can be given in one to three days. So the boy is no langer staying at the preceptor's house. 33 )The preceptor and the guru always have been and still are venerated as a kind of divine being. At the same time, the Hindusare warned against "false" gurus. 34 ) ad. II. (Kwakiutl). The full members of the dance society are the initiators of the young men.

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