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The Palm and the Pleiades : Initiation and Cosmology in Northwest Amazonia - Stephen Hugh-Jones

The Palm and the Pleiades

Initiation and Cosmology in Northwest Amazonia

Paperback Published: 30th May 1988
ISBN: 9780521358903
Number Of Pages: 356

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When it was first published in 1979, this book, together with its companion volume, From the Milk River, by Christine Hugh-Jones, was hailed as setting 'a new standard for South American ethnographers, one to be emulated' (Third World Quarterly). Both are now available for the first time in paperback. The book is an extended study in English of Amazonian ritual. Through an analysis of a secret men's cult widespread throughout Northwest Amazonia, Hugh-Jones builds up a general picture of a South American Indian society, and of a religious and cosmological system that is common to a large area of Northwest Amazonia. The book is also an exercise in the anthropological interpretation of ritual, myth and religious symbolism from a structuralist point of view.

The rites in context
The Barasana: land and people
The rites described
Fruit House
He House: the main initiation rite
Explanation and analysis
The participants
The flutes and trumpets
The gourd of beeswax
Open and closed: the howler monkey and the sloth
Death and rebirth
The Sun and the Moon
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ISBN: 9780521358903
ISBN-10: 0521358906
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology : Book 24
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 30th May 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.52