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The Magical Body: Power, Fame and Meaning in a Melanesian Society (Studies in Anthropology and History), Eves, Richard
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Author Name:    Eves, Richard

Title:   The Magical Body: Power, Fame and Meaning in a Melanesian Society (Studies in Anthropology and History)

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Routledge 

ISBN Number:   9057023059 / 9789057023057

Seller ID:   ING9789057023057

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An intriguing exploration of the role and significance of the body in the world of a Pacific Islands People, the Lelet of New Ireland (Papua New Guinea). In vivid ethnographic detail, the monograph captures the fluidity and complexity of Lelet conceptions of corporeality and their significance to identity as they encounter the influences of modernity, in the form of colonialism, Christianity and cash-cropping. The author examines the importance of the body to constructions of identity and difference, and its role in the constitution of place and space. The book provides a richly detailed ethnographic study of magical belief and the body whilst paying particular attention to the polyvalent meanings of bodily images and metaphors as they are used in numerous contexts of magic.



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