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The Victim and Its Masks : Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb - Abdellah Hammoudi

The Victim and Its Masks

Essay on Sacrifice and Masquerade in the Maghreb

By: Abdellah Hammoudi, Paula Wissing (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1993
ISBN: 9780226315256
Number Of Pages: 224

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Each year, in a solemn Sunni Muslim feast, the Ait Mizane of southern Morocco reenact the story of Abraham as a ritual sacrifice, a symbolic observance of their submission to the divine. After this sober ceremony comes a bacchanalian masquerade which seems to violate every principle the sacrifice affirmed. Because of the apparent contradiction between sacrifice and masquerade, observers have described the two as entirely separate events. This book reunites them as a single ritual process within Islamic tradition.

Preface to the English Edition
Preface Note on Transcription
Introduction
Toward a Systematic Ethnography of the Festival
Colonial Anthropology on the Sacrifice and the Masquerade: In Search of a Lost Religion
Human Action in Its Environment: Concerning Some Structural Tensions
The Sacrifice
Narratives about Bilmawn: The Scenario
Bilmawn Observed: Street Theater
Local Exegesis II. The Sacrifice and the Masquerade Interpreted
Theoretical Approaches
Prayer and Preparation of the Victim: Ideal Community, and the Division and Hierarchy of Ritual Roles
The Rite and the Myth: Sense and Nonsense about the Sacrifice
The Masks and Their Forays: Marginality, Hyperdefinition, and the Revenge of the Son
On Indetermination and the Deceptions of a Second Founding Drama
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226315256
ISBN-10: 0226315258
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st November 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2

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