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
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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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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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