Animals and Ancestors
By (author) Brian Morris
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Animals and Ancestors by Brian Morris
Book DescriptionEver since the emergence of human culture, people and animals have co-existed in close proximity. Humans have always recognized both their kinship with animals and their fundamental differences, as animals have always been a threat to humans' well-being. The relationship, therefore, has been complex, intimate, reciprocal, personal, and -- crucially -- ambivalent. It is hardly surprising that animals evoke strong emotions in humans, both positive and negative. This companion volume to Morris' important earlier work, The Power of Animals, is a sustained investigation of the Malawi people's sacramental attitude to animals, particularly the role that animals play in life-cycle rituals, their relationship to the divinity and to spirits of the dead. How people relate to and use animals speaks volumes about their culture and beliefs. This book overturns the ingrained prejudice within much ethnographic work, which has often dismissed the pivotal role animals play in culture, and shows that personhood, religion, and a wide range of rituals are informed by, and even dependent upon, human-animal relations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859734919
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian Morris
Religion and Anthropology, Hardback (November 2005)
This book provides an introduction to the extensive anthropological literature on religion that has been produced over the past forty years.
Power of Animals, Paperback (November 2000)» View all books by Brian Morris
Western cultures tend to view animals either as pets or food, and often overlook the vast number of roles that they may play within a culture and in social life more generally: their use in medicine, folk traditions and rituals. This study focuses on Malawi people and their relationship with animals - from hunting through to their use as medicine.
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Author Biography - Brian Morris
Brian Morris Emeritus Professor of Anthropology,Goldsmiths College, University of London
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