Forest and demons in the Papua New Guinea highlands

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Author: Paul Sillitoe
Date: Fall 1993
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 6,563 words

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The inhabitants of the Wola region in the Southern Highland Province of Papua New Guinea firmly believe in the existence of two kinds of demons in the area's rich rain forests. The demons, called 'saem' and 'iybit,' are blamed by the Wola tribe for the misfortunes that usually befall its people. These may include death, illness, accidents or even madness. However, a thorough analysis will reveal that this belief is a manifestation of man's tendency to fear the unknown.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A16879103