Emerging From the Chrysalis: Rituals of Women's Initiation / Edition 2

Emerging From the Chrysalis: Rituals of Women's Initiation / Edition 2

by Bruce Lincoln
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195069102

ISBN-13: 9780195069105

Pub. Date: 09/26/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Now reissued in an expanded edition, this unique book offers the first full-length treatment of women's initiation rites in five cultures. Asserting the critical importance of such rites in a world dominated by men, Lincoln shows that in these societies women's initiation involves not only a transformation of the self but also of the cosmos. Considering initiation…  See more details below

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Now reissued in an expanded edition, this unique book offers the first full-length treatment of women's initiation rites in five cultures. Asserting the critical importance of such rites in a world dominated by men, Lincoln shows that in these societies women's initiation involves not only a transformation of the self but also of the cosmos. Considering initiation rites among the Tiyyar of South India, the Navajo, the Tiv of West Africa, and the Tukuna of the Northwest Amazon, Lincoln argues that unlike men's rites, women's rites do not impart a change in hierarchical status, but rather a "cosmic" change which offers religious compensation for women's generally low socio-political status. Lincoln concludes with a brilliant reconstruction of ancient Greek initiation rites based on his original interpretation of the Demeter and Persephone myth. With a new chapter and bibliography, Emerging from the Chrysalis will be stimulating reading for those interested in ritual and its cultural impact.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195069105
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/26/1991
Edition description:
1st paperback ed
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Talikettukalyanam: The Marriage of Opposites
Kinaaldá: Becoming the Goddess
Tiv Scarification: The Pattern of Time
Festa das Moças Novas: The Cosmic Tour
The Rape of Persephone
On the Nature of Women's Initiations
Afterword: Rethinking Rituals of Women's Initiation
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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