Ngaju Religion pp 120-130 | Cite as

Divine Gifts

Part of the Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde book series (KITLV)


We have seen that the total godhead possesses an ambivalent character. It is not only Upperworld but also Underworld, not only man but also woman, good and evil, beneficent and maleficent, it gives not only life but also death. The gifts of the godhead must show a corresponding ambivalence. They must not only be distinguished as gifts of the Upper-world and of the Underworld, but must also exhibit the characteristics of good and evil, fortune and misfortune, life and death. When we first consider the good gifts of the total (and the differentiated) godhead, it is this dualistic aspect which has first of all to be shown.


Good Fortune Good Luck Divine Command Dualistic Aspect Evil Group 
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