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Naven or the Other Self: A Relational Approach to Ritual Action - Michael Houseman
Naven or the Other Self: A Relational Approach to Ritual Action
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This text proposes a theory of ritual action founded on an in-depth study of the wide variety of behaviours that the Iatmul of Papua New Guinea identify as naven, a transvestism rite studied by Gregory Bateson in the 1930s and documented by other anthropologists since. Ritual performance is shown... show more
This text proposes a theory of ritual action founded on an in-depth study of the wide variety of behaviours that the Iatmul of Papua New Guinea identify as naven, a transvestism rite studied by Gregory Bateson in the 1930s and documented by other anthropologists since. Ritual performance is shown to involve the construction of complex relational networks entailing the condensation of contradictory modes of relationship in accordance with over-arching interactive forms. The first part of the book examines Bateson's and others' understandings of naven, the second offers a reinterpretation of this ritual in the light of modern ethnographic data, and the third proposes a general approach to the analysis of ritual and suggests how this perspective may be applied elsewhere.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9789004112209 (9004112200)
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Pages no: 325
Edition language: English
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