7 responses to “Holiday!”

  1. handstil

    I would have though Pandemonium was the 4th of July!

  2. stimps

    Pandemonium is my favourite time of year! Exploding pumpkins make my day. =)

  3. all_unnecessary

    Winter solstice being The Springing?

  4. gcrumb

    Interesting. Most of Melanesia is not terribly seasonal – or, more to the point, not 4-seasonal. Major ceremonies such as the nangol land-diving in Pentecost, the Rom dance in Ambrym and numerous others are based on the yam-planting season. In the past, disagreements over the precise timing of the planting has led to social upheaval, violence and even death.

    BUT… many other major events like Tanna’s famous Toka (a bacchanalian ritual featuring excesses of every kind) are socio-political rather than seasonal in their timing and location. The Toka is not guaranteed to happen on any particular year, and its location is a function of its purpose: to mend long-running disputes between communities and cement peace.

    While there are any number of examples of ‘running off the demons’ throughout island cultures, they do not seem to be seasonally based.

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