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Transcription of Nganasan


   Archeology and linguistics
   Colonial history in the Russian Empire
   An assimilating society
   A semi-complex marriage system
   A formerly dualistic organization
      M1 The origin of the Raven “Clan”
      M2 The origin of the Eagle “Clan”
   Tundra hunters
   The ritual cycle
   The upheavels of the Soviet period
   The Nganasans today
   Fieldwork and informants
   Written sources

Foreword. — The directional system of the Nganasans

First Part. Toward the sun

Chapter one. — The annual festival

      R1 The festival of the pure hut (1931)
   The annual gathering
   A “pure” hut
   Parting from the dead
   Travelling towards the south
      R2 A shamanic rite for finding a thief
   Two essential rites

Chap. II. — Shamanic weddings

   A nuptial rite
      R3 A Nganasan wedding
   Ugro-Samoyed sticks and weddings
      R4 A Nenets proposal
   A male married shaman
      M3 The young man who wanted a spirit wife
   Life thongs
   The moon, the sun and the shamans
      M4 The shaman and the moon
      M5 The two shamans, the moon and the sun (1ST version)
      M6 The two shamans, the moon and the sun (2nd version)(a Somatu myth)
   The sun daughter at the shamans’ side
      A1 The shamanic dream of Demnimie
   The sun daughter in mythology
      M7 The czar’s messenger and the sun daughter
      M8 Orphan-Spirit and the sun daughter
      M9 Kar-bogatyr’ and the sun daughter
      M10 Ironfist and the sun daughter
      M11 Goldfoot and the sun daughter
      M12 Kar-bogatyr’ and the water daughter
   Matrimonial compensations
      A2 The reindeer taken away by the sun
   The smallpox woman
      A3 The shaman, and the festival and smallpox (1)
      A4 The shaman, and the festival and smallpox (2)
      M13 The two shamans and smallpox (a Somatu myth)

Chap. III. — Stories about shamans

      A5 The shamanic election of Djuhadie
   Birth of a shaman
   A costume-body
      M14 The old man who played with his eyes
      A6 The election of Noboptie (fragment)
      M15 The man who wanted to become a shaman
   Drum and drumstick and substitutes
      R5 A difficult hunt for the drum-reindeer
      M16 The shaman, the drumstick and the drum
      R6 The capture of the drum-reindeer by a she-shaman

Chap. IV. — The shaman-ancestors

   The five shaman-ancestors of Tubiaku
   The shaman-ancestors of Demnimie and Noboptie
   Hotəryə and Birid
      M17 The shaman and good luck at hunting and fishing
      M18 The two shamans and good luck at fishing
      M19 The shaman and cattlebreeding
      M20 The Somatu shaman and the Nenets bard (a Somatu myth)
      M21 The shaman with the cut-up body
      M22 The female shaman and smallpox
      M23 The male shaman and smallpox

Second Part. Far from the dead

Chapter one — Rites linked to the dead

      A7 The journey of the deceased
   The shadow-stealing ghosts
      M24 The shadow-stealing ghost
   The breath-stealing barus’i: illness
   The woman-stealing barus’i: female shamanism
      A8 Djuhadie fights his barus’i possessed daughter
      A9 Noboptie possessed by a barus’i
      A10 The death of Holjamptie Kosterkin
   The breath-retrieving shaman: rites of healing
      R7 A healing conducted by Djuhadie
      R8 A healing conducted by Noboptie
      R9 Healings conducted by Demnimie
      R10 A child delivery conducted by Tubiaku
      R11 A healing conducted by Tubiaku
   Diversity of shamanic rites executed for difficult child deliveries
   The principles of shamanic healing

Chap. II. — The dead and the barus’i in mythology

      M25 The two shamans resuscitating a recently deceased woman
      M26 The two shamans gone to the world of the dead
      M27 The dead young man who wanted a living wife
   An underlying marriage system
   Lemmings and reindeer
      M28 The dead man who came back to life
      M29 The lemming and the reindeer
   A red half and a black half
   Where do the barus’i come from?
      M30 The appearance of the barus’i
      M31 The appearance of the barus’i(Orphan-Spirit)
   An approach to the Nenets representational system
      M32 The man who wanted to live at his wife’s house (a Nenets myth)
      M33 A history of the spirits (a Nenets myth)

Chap. III. — The eastern and western spirits

      M34 The three girls and the storm (1ST version)
   The tasks prescribed by the mother
   The tasks prescribed by the spirit and his mother
   The roles played by the spirit
      M35 The three girls and the storm (2nd version)
      M36 A Selkup version
   Nenets versions
      M37 Good luck and the three sons (a Nenets myth)
   When the direction spirits meet Orphan-Spirit
      M38 Orphan-Spirit and the direction spirits

Chap. IV. — From the big dumbbells to the little ’stute one

   Ogres changed into insects
      M39 The origin of the insects (short version)
      M40 The origin of the insects (long version)
      M41 The young woman and the bear
      M42 The hunter and the ogre
   Epic drifts
      A11 Elk-reindeer (epic song)
   On the opposite side from the ogres: the s’übsə
      M43 A woman among the s’übsə
      M44 A s’übsə among the Nganasans
      M45 The idiot (Ibulə)
   A crafty but poor native against wealthy but stupid Russians
      M46 How to deceive foreigners (Oeloko)
      M47 The fox’s adventures
   The characteristics of D’ajkü
      M48 The shaman who burns himself in the fire
   The ten sequences of the D’ajkü cycle
   Russian material
   Constructing a Nganasan cycle
   Two tricksters
      M49 How D’ajkü glues himself to the moon

Annex. — The organization of the Nganasan camps according to the 1926-1927 census


Thematic index


Table of maps and illustrations



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