The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual

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Cornell University Press, 1967 - Social Science - 405 pages
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Collection of 10 articles previously published on various aspects of ritual symbolism among the Ndembu of Zambia; p.83-4; brief mention of C.P. Mountford on Aboriginal colour symbolism; Primarly for use in cultural comparison.
  

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Interesting. I'd advise reading it, but doing so critically so as to not fall prey to the sort of colonized knowledge he utilizes. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Symbols in Ndembu Ritual
19
Ritual Symbolism Morality and Social Structure among
48
A Problem in Primi
59
The Liminal Period in Rites
93
Taxonomy versus Dynamics
112
Muchona the Hornet Interpreter of Religion
131
The Rite of Circumcision
151
Themes in the Symbolism of Ndembu Hunting Ritual
280
Lunda Medicine and the Treatment of Disease
299
Index
395
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About the author (1967)

Victor Turner was born in Scotland and educated in England. He began his career as a research officer with the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in northern Rhodesia. Best known for his ethnographic studies of ritual and social process among the Ndembu, Turner also produced significant theoretical insights about rites of passage, the psychology of healing, conflict management, the importance of drama and play, and the theory of symbolic interpretation. He spent much of his career at universities in the United States and was among the leading figures in the turn to symbolic interpretation that marked American anthropology during the 1960s and 1970s.

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