Indeed, serious research into such matters is still lacking and the potential of Cain & Bierbach's (1996) analysis of the respective Polynesian terminology has not yet sufficiently explored related terminologies in other areas of Austronesia
, let alone Borneo: While the Arosi and Tahiti terms above seem to reflect straightforward historical derivations between 'skull' [left and right arrow] 'elder,' plenty of other ethnographic data (ongoing research) point to the corpse as the primary linguistic template of many "spirit (of the dead)" terms in Austronesia
Now, I would contend that the word "soul" (and other western terms) doesn't lend itself well for autochthonous religions in Austronesia in general, nor to gain a deeper understanding of the Benuaq's concept of "person" in particular.
In Austronesia, this link seems rare and its non-occurrence is even a defining feature in Oceania.
of Guam) present a collection ten papers focusing on aspects of Hispanization in the indigenous languages of the Americas and Austronesia
Two additional families, Australian and Indo-Pacific (or Papuan), are older than Austronesia
and include the languages spoken on the Australian continent, in New Guinea and the other islands of Melanesia.
The book collects together eight papers originally presented at a workshop on House and Household held in the Research School of Pacific Studies of the Australian National University as part of its Comparative Austronesia
Taiwan's aboriginal peoples, who originated in Austronesia
and southern Asia, have lived on Taiwan for 12,000 to 15,000 years.
Wickler (2001: 189) has cautiously used palaeoenvironmental data suggesting colonisation of the Marianas at 4800 BP and Palau at 4500 BP to posit a "rapid, long distance "star burst" dispersal of Austronesia
horticulturalists into western Micronesia from island Southeast Asia .
Forth concludes that having a place "seems invariably to imply membership in some sort of corporate grouping, so that concepts of place throughout Austronesia
, regardless of how they are expressed or articulated, serve as important guides to social practice and a means of evaluating social action .
Sahlins (1985 & 1991) on Fiji and Valeri (1985) on Hawaii; other scholars of Austronesia
have argued against it (see e.
HGA aims to establish a forum for those engaged with Austronesia
Born in 1980 in Eschwege, he has done undergraduate studies in Languages and Cultures of Austronesia
, Philosophy and Social Anthropology at the University of Hamburg.