Cultural Anthropology_ Film Sheet.pdf - Austriana Podeszwick \u201cThe Kawelka Ongka\u2019s Big Moka\u201d Film sheet 1 Ongka prepares for the big Moka by

Cultural Anthropology_ Film Sheet.pdf - Austriana...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 3 pages.

Austriana Podeszwick “The Kawelka: Ongka’s Big Moka” Film sheet 1) Ongka prepares for the big Moka by gathering pigs. “Pigs are their strong things and it’s pigs that keeps them going.” They feel they need pigs for everything. Pigs are used for numerous things including, moka, to pay for troubles, to get wives. If you don't have pigs you’re considered “rubbish” or ”a nobody.” Another way in which Ongka gets ready for the big Moka is by going off to the Jimmy Valley two days walk away to get new feathers for his headdress and to chase up a forty pig investment. The Moka is important to Ongka because only by giving his big Moka can he enfame and status for his tribe and for himself. It’s also important to him because according to him, he has to make gifts a given and some years later they shall be repaid with interest. Ongkha uses different skills such as speechmaking to prepare for the Ongka. At one stage of his speech Ongka said, “Mens house had fallen down, young girls breast fallen, young man's beard grew long. 2) Small moka ceremonies included them actually receiving the pigs. There are many rituals present during the small Mokas. The first small moka that took place was to feed pigs into the system. While the pigs are tied up into the shade, the donors put on their bird-of-paradise
Image of page 1
Image of page 2

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 3 pages?

  • Spring '17
  • LAMBERT
  • Ongka, ONGKA’S BIG MOKA

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture