Nyae Nyae !Kung Beliefs and Rites

ISBN-10: 0873659082

ISBN-13: 9780873659086

Edition: 1999

Authors: Lorna Marshall

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With style and depth, Lorna Marshall leads the reader through the intricacies, ambiguities, and silences of !Kung beliefs. Her narrative, based on fieldwork among the Bushmen of the Kalahari in the early 1950s, brings into focus a way of life that appears to have existed for millennia. She presents the culture, beliefs, and spirituality of one of the last true hunting-and-gathering peoples by focusing on members of different bands as they reveal their own views. This account, with photography by John Marshall, presents a system of beliefs, one in which personified deities and unpersonifled supernatural forces (n!ow and n/um) interact with man and the natural world. The !Kung believe that this interaction accounts for much of the mystery of life and the vicissitudes of the good and evil that befall mankind. The book also depicts an egalitarian lifestyle based on sharing and group awareness, a lifestyle that has not survived intact the increasing integration of the Bushmen into the modern world. A companion volume to her 1976 work, The !Kung of Nyae Nyae, this book is published to mark the recent one-hundredth birthday of Lorna Marshall.
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, Publications Department
Publication date: 12/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Notes on the Text
Introduction: Elements of the Supernatural
Religious Beliefs
The Gods
The Creation
The Names of the Gods Gao N!a, the Great God //Gauwa, the Lesser God
The //Gauwasi
The Interrelationship of the Gods with Each Other and with Man
Rites for the Protection of Life and Health
Concepts of Sickness and Healing Concepts of Sickness
The Healers Healing
The Ritual Healing Dance Dance Groups and Occasions
The Men's Dancing
The Women's Dancing
The N/um Songs
The Music
The Dance and the Healers
Food Avoidance and the Tshoa Rite Food
Avoidance Creatures Eschewed as Food
Individuals' Voluntary Abstention from Certain Foods
Specific Food Avoidances
The Tshoa Rite
Concepts of Childbirth and Rites For the Protection of Children
Concepts of Pregnancy Food Avoidance
Observed by Pregnant Women Childbirth
Avoidances after Childbirth
Protection of the Child
Rites for Subsistence
Hunting Rites Aspects of the Hunt
The Meat Fire "Let the Sun Be Blind"
The Rite of First Kill
The Blood Rite Food
Avoidances Related to Hunting
Rain Rites and N!ow Concepts about Rain N!ow
Rites of Passage
Death and Burial Death Burial Abandonment
Avoidance of Names of the Dead Mourning Possessions of the Dead
The Menarcheal Rite A Girl's First Menstruation
The Avoidances
The Eland Songs and the Eland Dance
The Tshoa Rite
Tshoma Aspects of Tshoma
The Tskxai !Go (The Men's Dance)
The Avoidances
The End of Tshoma and the Tshoa Rite
Sorcery and Other Mystiques
The Substances that Have Magic
The Inner Force
The Magic Bow
Millipedes, the Mantis Religiosa, and the Supernatural Peoples Millipedes
The Mantis Religiosa The
Supernatural Peoples
Star Lore
Star Lore
The Sun
The Moon
The Milky Way
The Stars
Afterword: Change Put in Perspective
Appendix: Band Charts
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