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Drawing on Human and Plant Correspondences on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea

Abstract : In the hinterland of the Rai Coast, technical gardening practice is also ritually and spiritually charged daily activity to ensure the movement of foods and deities from the garden to the village. To approach this 'art of gardening' we attend to process and transformation and to how garden produce becomes the matter of beautiful forms. With reference to new pencil drawings of gardens we explore the aesthetic of the garden's embodiment of myth and history. The drawings and text provide a detailed documentation of lowland taro cultivation. The processes illustrated are at one and the same time attending to plant and human wellbeing. The notion of 'grace' from Gregory Bateson's writings is introduced. Highlighting the connections drawn between spirits and people and plants, we consider an immanence of life in mythic, human, and vegetable reproduction.
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Porer Nombo, James Leach, Urufaf Anip. Drawing on Human and Plant Correspondences on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea. Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2021, The Art of Gardens: Views from Melanesia and Amazonia, Guest Editors: Jean Mitchell and Lissant Bolton, 31 (4), pp.352-376. ⟨10.1080/00664677.2021.1990012⟩. ⟨halshs-03430816⟩



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