HAL will be down for maintenance from Friday, June 10 at 4pm through Monday, June 13 at 9am. More information
Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation
Journal articles

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.
Complete list of metadata

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-03430816
Contributor : James Leach Connect in order to contact the contributor
Submitted on : Thursday, January 6, 2022 - 2:16:59 PM
Last modification on : Friday, February 18, 2022 - 12:26:47 PM
Long-term archiving on: : Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 6:19:01 PM

File

Drawing on Human and Plant Cor...
Files produced by the author(s)

Identifiers

Collections

Citation

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⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

47

Files downloads

27