The Logic of Retribution in Melanesian Religions
By (author) G. W. Trompf
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Payback by G. W. Trompf
Book DescriptionNear to the heart of the human predicament are impulses to avenge - what most of us will recognize to be negative, counterproductive reactions against others who pose a threat. By contrast, nothing re-establishes our faith in humanity more than extraordinary acts of concession, such as peace-making, generosity and sacrifice. In this study Garry Trompf shows how various aspects of 'payback', both negative and positive, provide the best indices to an understanding of Melanesian views of life. The book explores the reasons why people 'pay back' and opens up a whole dimension in the cross-cultural study of human consciousness. The author conducts his readers through the most complex anthropological pageant on earth, illustrating his arguments from western New Guinea to Fiji.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521062770
(228mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author G. W. Trompf
Early Christian Historiography, Paperback (November 2005)
'Early Christian Historiography' examines the logic of retribution within the works of key figures in Christian history: St Luke, the first Christian historian, the Roman historian Eusebius, Rufinus of Aquileia and St Augustine of Hippo.
Melanesian Religion, Paperback (August 2004)
Am invariable guide and analysis to pressing issues of religious and Soviet change in the Pacific.
Payback, Hardback (July 1994)» View all books by G. W. Trompf
In this study Garry Trompf shows how various aspects of 'payback', both negative and positive, provide the best indices to an understanding of Melanesian views of life.
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