The Power of Animals
By (author) Brian Morris
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Power of Animals by Brian Morris
Book DescriptionThe multiple ways in which people relate to animals provide a revealing window through which to examine a culture. 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 comprehensive and very readable study focuses on Malawi people and their rich and varied relationship with animals -- from hunting through to their use as medicine. More broadly, through a rigorous and detailed study the author provides insights which show how the people's relationship to their world manifests itself not strictly in social relations, but just as tellingly in their relatioships with animals -- that, in fact, animals constitute a vital role in social relations. While significantly advancing classic African ethnographic studies, this book also incorporates current debates in a wide range of disciplines -- from anthropology through to gender studies and ecology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859732250
(216mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brian Morris
Religion and Anthropology, Paperback (November 2005)
This book provides an introduction to the extensive anthropological literature on religion that has been produced over the past forty years.
Animals and Ancestors, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Brian Morris
An 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 the spirits. It shows that a range of rituals are informed by, and even dependent upon, human-animal relations.
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Author Biography - Brian Morris
Brian Morris Emeritus Professor of Anthropology,Goldsmiths College, University of London
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