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Extending the tracks : a cross-reductionistic approach to Australian aboriginal male initiation rites / Monica Engelhart
Bib ID 540575
Format BookBook
Author
Engelhart, Monica
 
Description Stockholm, Sweden : Almqvist & Wiksell International, 1998 
251 p. : map ; 25 cm. + 1 abstract (1 sheet ; 21 cm.) 
ISBN 9122018026
Series

Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis. Stockholm studies in comparative religion, 0562-1070 ; 34.

Summary

Comparison of initiation rituals from northern, central and south-east Australia; review of previous approaches and sources; includes overview and summary of traditional Aboriginal culture - economy, social structure, territoriality, the Dreaming, conception beliefs, women's ritual role, totemism; mythological basis for initiation amongst the Walbiri, Murgin (Djungguan) and the south-east (Kuringal); associated bodily operations - circumcision, tooth evulsion, cicatrisation and their interpretation; food and other taboos; social dimensions; modes of instruction and the type of information imparted to initiates; survey of interpretations of ritual; psychoanalytic, social and symbolic interpretations of initiation; argues for initiation as a process of "mapping"

Full contents
  • 1. Introduction: Lost in the Wilderness
  • 2. The Way of the Wanderers
  • 3. Three Roads to Maleness
  • 4. The Road of Suffering
  • 5. Walking Together
  • 6. The Road to Knowledge
  • 7. Ritual: A Cross-Road of Theories
  • 8. Explaining Initiation: The Rough Trail
  • 9. The World Mapped.
 
Notes

Errata slip inserted.

Thesis (doctoral)--Stockholms Universitet, 1998.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-248) and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Rites and ceremonies.  |  Initiation rites -- Australia.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs.  |  Indigenous knowledge - World view.  |  Body - Decoration - Body modification.  |  Anthropology - Theory and criticism.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Ceremonies.  |  Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)  |  Yolngu people (NT SD53)

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