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A severed right hand discovered in front of a Hyksos palace at Avaris (modern-day Tell el-Daba).It would have been chopped off and presented to the king (or a subordinate) in exchange for gold.The terms of participation vary from region to region.Whereas on the Trobriand Islands the exchange is monopolised by the chiefs, in Dobu all men can participate."You deprive him of his power eternally," Bietak explained.It's not known whose hands they were; they could have been Egyptians or people the Hyksos were fighting in the Levant.Owen has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Toronto and a journalism degree from Ryerson University.He enjoys reading about new research and is always looking for a new historical tale.
Participants travel at times hundreds of miles by canoe in order to exchange Kula valuables which consist of red shell-disc necklaces (veigun or soulava) that are traded to the north (circling the ring in clockwise direction) and white shell armbands (mwali) that are traded in the southern direction (circling counterclockwise).Malinowski's path-breaking work, Argonauts of the Western Pacific (1922), directly confronted the question, "why would men risk life and limb to travel across huge expanses of dangerous ocean to give away what appear to be worthless trinkets?" Malinowski carefully traced the network of exchanges of bracelets and necklaces across the Trobriand Islands, and established that they were part of a system of exchange (the Kula ring), and that this exchange system was clearly linked to political authority.Kula, also known as the Kula exchange or Kularing, is a ceremonial exchange system conducted in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea.
The Kula ring was made famous by the father of modern anthropology, Bronisław Malinowski, who used this test case to argue for the universality of rational decision making (even among 'natives'), and for the cultural nature of the object of their effort.
At the time the hands were buried, the palace was being used by one of the Hyksos rulers, King Khayan.