The Magical Body: Power, Fame and Meaning in a Melanesian by Richard Eves

By Richard Eves

An fascinating exploration of the function and value of the physique on this planet of a Pacific Islands humans, the Lelet of latest eire (Papua New Guinea). In shiny ethnographic aspect, the monograph captures the fluidity and complexity of Lelet conceptions of corporeality and their value to id as they come across the affects of modernity, within the type of colonialism, Christianity and cash-cropping. the writer examines the significance of the physique to structures of identification and distinction, and its position within the structure of position and area. The ebook offers a richly particular ethnographic research of magical trust and the physique when paying specific realization to the polyvalent meanings of physically photographs and metaphors as they're utilized in a variety of contexts of magic.

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