The Power of Animals: An Ethnography / Edition 1by Brian Morris, B. Morris
Pub. Date: 10/28/1998
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
The multiple ways in which people relate to animals provides a revealing window through which to examine a culture. Western cultures tend to view animals either as pets or food, and often overlook the vast number of roles that they may play within a culture and in social life more generally: their use in medicine, folk traditions, and rituals.
This comprehensive and very readable study focuses on the Malawi people and their rich and varied relationship with animals — from hunting through to their use as medicine. More broadly, through a rigorous and detailed study the author provides insights which show how the people's relationship to their world manifests itself not strictly in social relations, but just as tellingly, in their relationships with animals — that, in fact, animals constitute a vital role in social relations.
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