By Don Niles
The genres of sung stories which are the topic of this quantity are some of the most amazing features of the cultural scene within the Papua New Guinea Highlands. Composed and played through professional bards, they're a hugely valued paintings shape. From a comparative standpoint they're notable either for his or her scale and complexity, and for the diversity of version that's came upon between nearby genres and person kinds. although their lifestyles has formerly been famous via researchers operating within the Highlands, and a few recordings made from them, every one of these genres haven't been studied intimately until eventually relatively lately, commonly end result of the hard variety of disciplinary services that's required—in anthropology, linguistics, and ethnomusicology. This quantity provides a collection of interrelated experiences by way of researchers in all of these fields, and by way of a Papua New Guinea Highlander who has assisted with the learn in response to his lifelong familiarity with one of many neighborhood genres. The experiences offered right here (all of them formerly unpublished and written specifically for this quantity) are of groundbreaking value not just for experts in Melanesia or the Pacific, but in addition for readers with a extra basic curiosity in comparative poetics, mythology, musicology, or verbal artwork.
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