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Cassowary's Revenge The Life and Death of Masculinity in a New Guinea Society

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ISBN-10: 0226819515

ISBN-13: 9780226819518

Edition: 1997

Authors: Donald F. Tuzin

List price: $34.00
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Donald Tuzin first studied the New Guinea village of Ilahita in 1972. When he returned many years later, he arrived in the aftermath of a startling event: the village’s men voluntarily destroyed their secret cult that had allowed them to dominate women for generations. The cult’s collapse indicated nothing less than the death of masculinity, and Tuzin examines the labyrinth of motives behind this improbable, self-devastating act. The villagers' mythic tradition provided a basis for this revenge of Woman upon the dominion of Man, and, remarkably, Tuzin himself became a principal figure in its narratives. The return of the magic-bearing "youngest brother" from America had been prophesied, and the villagers believed that Tuzin’s return "from the dead" signified a further need to destroy masculine traditions. The Cassowary's Revenge is an intimate account of how Ilahita’s men and women think, emote, dream, and explain themselves. Tuzin also explores how the death of masculinity in a remote society raises disturbing implications for gender relations in our own society. In this light Tuzin's book is about men and women in search of how to value one another, and in today's world there is no theme more universal or timely.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Going Home
The Mission
The Repeal of Custom
The Cassowary and the Swan Maiden
The Web of True Prophecy
Millennium
Fear in the Heart
Sanctuary
Notes
Maps
References
Index