'Asugeni's wife brings her new baby back to the clearing.
She must stay there fifteen more days undergoing ritual purification. This image and caption published in 'Elota's Story: Univ. of Queensland Press, 1978. After childbirth, the mother and baby are in a taboo state and remain in a birth area in the forest below the hamlet. Men may not see the pair. The mother's needs are taken care of by a younger woman. Over several weeeks, desacralization rituals take place which let the mother and child go to the menstrual hut area and then later back to the family area.
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This digital image is a surrogate of an item from the Roger M. Keesing Papers (MSS 427) - Roll 33, Item 18.
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[Title, Date]. Roger Keesing Papers. MSS 427. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
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