Material Culture and Sacred Landscape: The Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty

Material Culture and Sacred Landscape: The Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty

by Peter Jordan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0759102767

ISBN-13: 9780759102767

Pub. Date: 12/15/2002

Publisher: AltaMira Press

This study provides a concrete example of how foraging societies enculturate and transform the natural environment and, through the use of material objects, create sacred spaces and sites. Using ethnographic and ethnohistorical information about the Khanty of Siberia, Jordan shows the shortcomings of both interpretive and materialist anthropological theorizing

Overview

This study provides a concrete example of how foraging societies enculturate and transform the natural environment and, through the use of material objects, create sacred spaces and sites. Using ethnographic and ethnohistorical information about the Khanty of Siberia, Jordan shows the shortcomings of both interpretive and materialist anthropological theorizing about hunters and gatherers. He focuses on the rich and complex relationship between the symbolism of the Khanty, their material culture, and the bringing of meaning to physical places. His examination looks at the topic in both historical and contemporary contexts, and in scales from the core-periphery model of Russian colonialism to the portrait of a single yurt community. Jordan's work will be of importance to those studying cultural anthropology, archaeology, and comparative religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759102767
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
12/15/2002
Series:
Archaeology of Religion Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword: Landscape Anthropology Part 2 Foreword: Landscape Archaeology and Ethnographic Analogy Part 3 Preface Part 4 Chapter One: Anthropology, Hunter-Gatherers, Social Theory Part 5 Chapter Two: Material Culture and Landscape Part 6 Chapter Three: Locating the Siberian Khanty in Time, Space and Culture Contact Part 7 Chapter Four: Entering into Ethnography: Malyi Iugan Khanty Society and Economy Part 8 Chapter Five: The Role of Animals in Routine and Ritual Practice Part 9 Chapter Six: Sacred Places in the Landscape Part 10 Chapter Seven: Enculturation of Place: Settlements of the Sacred, the Living and the Dead Part 11 Chapter Eight: Enculturation of Space: Landscape, Tenure and Territoriality Part 12 Chapter Nine: Conclusions: A Landscape Anthropology of the Siberian Khanty Part 13 References Part 14 Index

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