OLAC Record

Title:Yay tokopa ‘Pig’s anus’
Access Rights:Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
Bibliographic Citation:Darja Hoenigman (collector), Bapra Mari (performer), 2018. Yay tokopa ‘Pig’s anus’. TIFF/JPEG/MXF/MP4. DKH01-068_yay_tokopa at catalog.paradisec.org.au. https://dx.doi.org/10.26278/5KWQ-PE74
Contributor (compiler):Darja Hoenigman
Contributor (performer):Bapra Mari
Coverage (Box):northlimit=-4.16134; southlimit=-5.27824; westlimit=143.02; eastlimit=144.191
Date (W3CDTF):2018-08-27
Date Created (W3CDTF):2018-08-27
Description:This string figure represents a pig’s anus. When a pig is killed and brought to the village, it is tied on a pole. A fire is lit underneath in order to burn off the hair and the upper layer of skin. During this process the skin tightens, the teeth stick out, and the anus bulges in a very conspicuous way, often passing some faeces. This string figure is sometimes called yay engamba, which is a slightly more offensive synonym of tokopa, but they are both best translated as ‘arsehole’. Anything connected with defecation, including words referring to anus, used to be a strict taboo among the Awiakay, to the extent that grown-ups still deny defecation (for the neighbouring Ambonwari a denial of defecation only applies to men; see Telban 1998: 37, 39). While both tokopa and engamba are words that are considered dangerous and offensive, it largely depends on the context in which they are used, and are perfectly acceptable when speaking of an animal. Their utterance, however, often invokes giggles among string figure-makers. In making this string figure, the first design that emerges is kiakay kunda ‘the roots of wild pandanus’. Another move turns the figure into ‘pig’s aresehole’. Images: 02: yay tokopa ‘pig’s anus’ string figure, final design 03: pig’s anus Telban, Borut. 1998. Dancing through Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press. . Language as given: Awiakay
Format:Digitised: no
Identifier (URI):http://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/DKH01/068_yay_tokopa
Language:Tok Pisin
Language (ISO639):tpi
Rights:Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
Subject (OLAC):language_documentation
Table Of Contents (URI):http://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/DKH01/068_yay_tokopa/DKH01-068_yay_tokopa-02.tif


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Citation: Darja Hoenigman (compiler); Bapra Mari (performer). 2018. Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC).
Terms: area_Pacific country_PG iso639_tpi olac_language_documentation

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