Head massage used by traditional shamanistic healers in Lombok and Australia
While observing and researching the various healing traditions of Western Lombok in the mid-1990’s, it soon became apparent to me that popot or pungut (head massage) was a fundamental therapeutic technique used in the treatment of many traditional Sasak medical conditions. Popot as it was commonly known was not only used for the relief of … Continued
The Puzzle of the Bardi Grub in Nyungar Culture
As anthropologists we have often been confused by the use of the indigenous terms bardi and witchetty used to describe edible grubs in Australia. These terms are often used interchangeably to the point where bardi becomes defined as a witjuti grub and vice versa. How confusing is that?
Geophagy: The Earth Eaters of Lower Southwestern Australia
An explanation of how one of the oldest cultures in the world used modified earth to stave off the pangs of hunger…..