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partible

divisible.
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In Strathern's (1988) original formulation of personal partibility, as noted above, the parts or relations which persons transact in these ways are distinguished in terms of gender--male and female, and same- and cross-sex--to the exclusion of whether those same components are regarded in indigenous terms as possessing additional qualities and capacities of sacredness or its absence.
But as regards change no less than continuity, in pele'i the partibility dynamics of the sacred components of persons are pivotal.
In this context, the present study of os resectum, which combines a bioarchaeological perspective with the application of theoretical standpoints concerning distributed personhood and rites of passage, raises important questions about Roman concepts of the potential partibility of the body/person and its role in the creation or maintenance of social relationships both during and after death.
It has been argued elsewhere (Graham 2017) that the use of anatomical votives points toward an understanding of religious personhood in early Roman Italy that was grounded in partibility and a nexus of reciprocal relationships that included both living and non-living members.
I suggest that we might usefully extend Rumsey's argument and consider partibility and encompassment as successive moments in a single historical process.
Regardless, the details of kangakanga and auafangai usage that I have recorded in late colonial and post-colonial times appear to conform with the dynamics of personal partibility and agency distinctive to Melanesian gift exchange, as I shall now outline, in contrast with the mechanisms of commoditisation.
I use the Strathemian language of personal partibility intentionally here to describe these various transactions, for there are several aspects of 'hot' interperson al agency involved in these and other kangakanga.