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Day of Shining Red : Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology - Gilbert Lewis

Day of Shining Red

Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Paperback Published: 30th May 1988
ISBN: 9780521358880
Number Of Pages: 256

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Anthropologists, in studying other cultures, are often tempted to offer their own explanations of strange customs when they feel that the people involved have not given a good enough reason for these customs. The question how the anthropologist can justify interpretations of customs which go beyond those offered by the people themselves runs through this book. The book focuses on the various interpretations that have been offered by anthropologists of ritual and symbolism. It offers a critical discussion of theories in this field in general, identifying their strengths and weaknesses when applied to the particular case of puberty rituals in a West Sepik village in Papua New Guinea. It then goes on to suggest an alternative approach, which draws on aesthetic as well as anthropological theory, and pays particular attention to the emotional and aesthetic experiences of people as they perform the rites.

Analytical table of contents
A question of interpretation
Problems of ritual in general
Views from one village
The rites of puberty seen
Rules of procedure and reflection on them
Silent forms but natural symbols?
Moon, river and other themes compared
For success in life
A choice of magic
Change and a rite falling into disuse
Inventory of themes
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ISBN: 9780521358880
ISBN-10: 0521358884
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th May 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.38