Sexual Lives of an Amazonian People New edition
By (author) Thomas Gregor
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Anxious Pleasures by Thomas Gregor
Book Description"Good fish get dull but sex is always fun." So say the Mehinaku people of Brazil. But Thomas Gregor shows that sex brings a supreme ambiguity to the villagers' lives. In their elaborate rituals especially those practiced by the men in their secret societies the Mehinaku give expression to a system of symbols reminiscent of psychosexual neuroses identified by Freud: castration anxiety, Oedipal conflict, fantasies of loss of strength through sex, and a host of others. "If we look carefully," writes Gregor, "we will see reflections of our own sexual nature in the life ways of an Amazonian people." The book is illustrated with Mehinaku drawings of ritual texts and myths, as well as with photographs of the villagers taking part in both everyday and ceremonial activities."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226307435
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1987
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas Gregor
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Illuminates the various ways in which sex and gender are elaborated, obsessed over, and internalized, shaping subjective experiences common to entire cultural regions, and beyond. Through comparison of the life ways of Melanesia and Amazonia, this work expands the study of gender and the comparative method in anthropology.
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