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Divine Hunger Cannibalism as a Cultural System

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ISBN-10: 0521311144

ISBN-13: 9780521311144

Edition: 1986

Authors: Peggy Reeves Sanday

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The practice of cannibalism is in certain cultures rejected as evil, while in others it plays a central part in the ritual order. Anthropologists have offered various explanations for the existence of cannibalism, none of which, Peggy Sanday claims, is adequate. In this book she presents a new approach to understanding the phenomenon. Through a detailed examination of ritual cannibalism in selected tribal societies, and a comparison of those cases with others in which the practice is absent, she shows that cannibalism is closely linked to people's orientation to the world, and that it serves as a concrete device for distinguishing the 'cultural self' from the 'natural other'. Combining…    
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/25/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.22" wide x 9.09" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Cannibalism cross-culturally
Analytic framework
The symbols that give rise to a cannibalistic consciousness
The mysteries of the body: Hua and Gimi mortuary cannibalism
The androgynous first being: Bimin-Kuskusmin cannibalism
Cannibal monsters and animal friends
The mythical chartering and transformation of cannibal practice
The faces of the soul's desires: Iroquoian torture and cannibalism in the seventeenth century
Raw women and cooked men: Fijian cannibalism in the nineteenth century
Precious eagle-cactus fruit: Aztec human sacrifice
The transformation and end of cannibal practice
Conclusion: Other symbols and ritual modalities