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Our original field work among the Rungus in 1959-60 and 1961-63 was conducted under the auspices of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Research School of Pacific Studies, the Australian National University. I would like to express my thanks to the Australian National University for support of this research and the preliminary analysis of my data. I owe a very special debt of gratitude to my supervisor and friend, Professor Derek Freeman, who guided my field research. It is difficult to fully express my appreciation to my wife, Laura W. R. Appell, who has always participated fully in my research and the analysis and writing up of our data. Religion among the Rungus, with the exception of certain agricultural ceremonies, lies in the hands of Rungus females. Without Laura's help it would have been impossible to gather data in this realm, for which she was primarily responsible. Nor would it have been possible without her help to collect data on the female view towards sex and marriage, as these subjects are not accessible to a male researcher. I also want to express my thanks to the National Science Foundation and the ACLS-SSRC, which have supported portions of the analysis and the writing up of my field data and further research; and in particular the Halcyon Fund which has been very generous in its support of my research over the years. I would like to express my gratitude to the Wenner-Gren Foundation for their grant in 1989 to support our recent collection of the oral literature, its translation, and the revision of our Rungus dictionary.

I want to thank Cornelia Ann Kammerer and Clifford Sather for very helpful criticisms of the original version of this manuscript. I particularly want to express my appreciation to Benson Saler for his very fruitful and insightful comments on previous versions of this paper, which have been extraordinarily useful. And to Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr., I owe a deep debt of gratitude for his encouragement and support for the writing of this article.

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