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Payback

The Logic of Retribution in Melanesian Religions

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Payback by G. W. Trompf

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Near 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521416917
ISBN-10: 0521416914
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Pages: 568
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jul-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author G. W. Trompf

Payback by G. W. Trompf Payback, Paperback (May 2008)

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.

Early Christian Historiography by 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 by G. W. Trompf Melanesian Religion, Paperback (August 2004)

Am invariable guide and analysis to pressing issues of religious and Soviet change in the Pacific.

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