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The Palm and the Pleiades
Initiation and Cosmology in Northwest Amazonia

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: March 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521358903

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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.

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    • Date Published: March 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521358903
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    List of maps and plates
    Preface
    Orthography
    Part I. The Rites in Context:
    1. Introduction
    2. The Barasana: land and people
    Part II. The Rites Described:
    3. Fruit House
    4. He House: the main initiation rite
    Part III. Explanation and Analysis:
    5. The participants
    6. The flutes and trumpets
    7. The gourd of beeswax
    8. Open and closed: the howler monkey and the sloth
    9. Death and rebirth
    10. The Sun and the Moon
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    11. Conclusion
    Part V. The Myths
    Appendixes
    Bibliography
    Index
    Index of names.

  • Author

    Stephen Hugh-Jones

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