The Power of Symbols: Masks and Masquerade in the Americas

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N. Ross Crumrine, Marjorie M. Halpin
University of British Columbia Press, 1983 - Health & Fitness - 244 pages
This collection of papers, presented at the 42nd International Congressof Americanists, considers the interplay between the mask, the maskbearer, and the audience. The studies concentrate on the idea ofmasking as a transformational ritual in which the human actor istransformed into a being of another order. The authors use examplesfrom various cultures and in their analyses argue for particular setsof relationships as being crucial to the understanding of the mask.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Tarascan Masks of Women as Agents of Social Control
8
The Transformation of an Aboriginal
21
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N. Ross Crumrine (editor) is a professor ofanthropology at the University of Victoria. Marjorie M.Halpin (editor) is associate professor of anthropology at theUniversity of British Columbia and curator of ethnology at the Museumof Anthropology.

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