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The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers - Edward L. Schieffelin

The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancers

Paperback Published: 31st January 2005
ISBN: 9781403966063
Number Of Pages: 244

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This classic ethnography, now in second edition, describes the traditional way of life of the Kaluli, a tropical forest people of Papua New Guinea. The book takes as its focus the nostalgic and violent Gisaro ceremony, one of the most remarkable performances in the anthropological literature. Tracking the major symbolic and emotional themes of the ceremony to their sources in everyday Kaluli life, Schieffelin shows how the central values and passions of Kaluli experience are governed by the basic forms of social reciprocity. However, Gisaro also reveals that social reciprocity is not limited to the dynamics of transaction, obligation, and alliance. It emerges, rather, as a mode of symbolic action and performative form, embodying a cultural scenario which shapes Kaluli emotional experience and moral sensibility and permeates their understanding of the human condition.

Kaluli Pronunciation
Ceremonies and Reciprocity
In the Shadow of the Mountain
I'm Sorry, Brother, I Don't Eat That
Organizing Actions: Those at the House and Those Who Came
The Unseen World and the Opposition Scenario
Assertion and Appeal
Anger, Reciprocity, and the Rhythms of Experience
The Perception of a Human Condition
Ceremonial Occasions and Preparations
The Gisaro
Gisaro and the Opposition Scenario
Appendix: Dances and Ceremonies Performed
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ISBN: 9781403966063
ISBN-10: 1403966060
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.73 x 15.14  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised