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The Todas


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  • Date Published: February 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108079129

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  • A qualified physician with interests including neurology and psychotherapy, W. H. R. Rivers (1864–1922) was influential in the rise of experimental psychology as an academic discipline. He also pioneered the 'talking cure' for shell shock during the First World War. In 1897 Rivers was appointed a University Lecturer at Cambridge, and the following year he joined a Cambridge expedition to the Torres Strait to study the indigenous people's powers of perception. Rivers' experiences in the Torres Strait kindled his interest in anthropology and kinship systems, and in 1901–2 he obtained a grant to study the genealogies and customs of the Todas, inhabitants of a high plateau in south-west India. This illustrated book, published in 1906 and regarded as a standard ethnography for half a century, was the result. It focuses on the Todas' elaborate dairy rituals, and the prayers associated with them, before describing many other beliefs, customs and ceremonies.

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    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108079129
    • dimensions: 214 x 140 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 76 b/w illus. 1 map 40 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Toda people
    3. Dairies and buffaloes
    4. The village dairy
    5. The Ti dairy
    6. Buffalo migrations
    7. Ordination ceremonies
    8. Special dairy ceremonies
    9. The Toda gods
    10. Prayer
    11. The dairy ritual
    12. Divination and magic
    13. Sacrifice and offerings
    14. Birth and childhood ceremonies
    15. Funeral ceremonies
    16. Funeral ceremonies (cont.)
    17. Sacred days and numbers
    18. Sacred places and objects
    19. The Toda religion
    20. Genealogies and population
    21. Kinship
    22. Marriage
    23. Social organisation
    24. Arts and amusements
    25. Language
    26. Personal names
    27. Relations with other tribes
    28. The clans of the Todas
    29. Teivaliol and Tartharol
    30. The origin and history of the Todas
    Appendices 1-4

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