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(10.) Leng Buai la community committee publication.
In those days buai was a status symbol of the foreigners (coastal people in government jobs).
The main practitioners of Buai are shamans or magical experts called Tena Buai (K), although a considerable number of others may own some Buai magic, such as those used for seduction and theft, which may have been purchased or been given by a relative or friend conversant with Buai (Eves 1995, 2004, 2009).
The assimilation of the exogenous magical practices of Buai is greatly facilitated by the existing cultural world of the Lelet, which is deeply pervaded by a belief in the efficacy of magic and the existence of powerful spirit beings.
Sometimes the type being used can be ascertained by observing the identifying insignia a Tena Buai wears.
A Tena Buai might try through magical means to knock the langarol out of the hands of the dancers or to break them in half.
A considerable amount of what I describe about langarol was gathered from interviews and discussions with Tena Buai, and other men who had participated in dance performances.
In this paper I explore the acts of incorporation that occur in Lelet society generally and in the forms of shumanism associated with the imported magical cult named Buai.(2) My starting point is the body which is a crucial site of power, both for the appropriation of powers from others, and as the target of acts of power by others.
The travel of the loroang from its body is also common to the forms of shamanism associated with the Buai cult which I examine in more detail below.
This is particularly so in the Buai cult in which men wishing to acquire shamanic powers and knowledge ingest substances which give them considerable magical powers.
These new magical powers and the forms of knowledge associated with them are collectively referred to as Buai, a term which refers also to the betelnut or areca nut, the stimulant consumed in large quantities in New Ireland and Papua New Guinea.
Why these new magical forms are called Buai was beyond my informants' knowledge, although I was offered a few tentative suggestions as to the significance of the name and why it has been attached to such a diverse range of magical and cult-like phenomena.