A'Aisa's Gifts A Study of Magic and the Self

ISBN-10: 0520088298
ISBN-13: 9780520088290
Edition: 1995
Authors: Michele Stephen
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Description: Filled with insight, provocative in its conclusions, A'aisa's Gifts is a groundbreaking ethnography of the Mekeo of Papua New Guinea and a valuable contribution to anthropological theory. Based on twenty years' fieldwork, this richly detailed study  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/1/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Filled with insight, provocative in its conclusions, A'aisa's Gifts is a groundbreaking ethnography of the Mekeo of Papua New Guinea and a valuable contribution to anthropological theory. Based on twenty years' fieldwork, this richly detailed study of Mekeo esoteric knowledge, cosmology, and self-conceptualizations recasts accepted notions about magic and selfhood. Drawing on accounts by Mekeo ritual experts and laypersons, this is the first book to demonstrate magic's profound role in creating the self. It also argues convincingly that dream reporting provides a natural context for self-reflection. In presenting its data, the book develops the concept of "autonomous imagination" into a new theoretical framework for exploring subjective imagery processes across cultures.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
From Manifest to Hidden
The Visible Ordering of Things
Manifest and Concealed
From Visible Things: Fieldwork 1969-1971
To Hidden Things: Fieldwork 1980-1982
A Distinctive Mode of Imagination
Dreaming and the Hidden Self
Dreams
A Hidden Self
Dreams and Self-Knowledge
The Sorrows of Knowledge
The Traditions of Secret Knowledge
Two Dream Diviners: Josephina and Janet
Two Men of Knowledge: Alex and Francis
Observing a Man of Knowledge: Aisaga
Learning "Sorcery" Unawares
The Sorrows of Acquiring Knowledge
A'aisa's Gifts
Conclusion
Magic, Self, and Autonomous Imagination
Notes
Bibliography
Subject Index
Author Index

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