A'Aisa's Gifts A Study of Magic and the Self
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/1/1995
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
|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|
|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|
|Magic, Self, and Autonomous Imagination|