Nubian Ceremonial Life
Studies in Islamic Syncretism and Cultural Change
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Nubian Ceremonial Life by J. Gerald Kennedy
Book DescriptionThe building of Egypt's High Dam in the 1960s erased innumerable historic treasures, but it also forever obliterated the ancient land of a living people, the Nubians. In 1963-64, they were removed en masse from their traditional homelands in southern Egypt and resettled elsewhere. Much of the life of old Nubia revolved around ceremonialism, and in this remarkable study, John G. Kennedy and other leading anthropologists from around the world reveal and discuss some of the most important and distinctive aspects of Nubian culture. Since its original publication, "Nubian Ceremonial Life" has become a standard text in the fields of anthropology and cultural psychology. In addition to basic ethnographic data, this groundbreaking study contains discussions on the psychology of death ceremonies, the nature of 'taboo,' and the importance of trance curing ceremonies. The book also presents information about a village of Nubians who had been resettled some thirty years earlier, thereby providing some clues regarding the possible patterns of future culture change among these recently relocated people. With a new foreword by Robert Fernea, this edition brings back into print a major work of scholarship on the unique ceremonial traditions of a changed and changing Nubian world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9789774249556
(229mm x 171mm x 20mm)
Imprint: The American University in Cairo Press
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: Egypt
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Author Biography - J. Gerald Kennedy
John G. Kennedy is professor emeritus of anthropology and psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Robert A. Fernea is professor emeritus of anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
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