Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian Ideologies of the New Guinea Men's House

Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian Ideologies of the New Guinea Men's House

by Gilbert Herdt
     
 

A compelling study of male ritual secrecy and its impact on the cultures of Melanesia and Papua New Guinea
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A compelling study of male ritual secrecy and its impact on the cultures of Melanesia and Papua New Guinea

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472067619
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
06/02/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Lewis Henry Morgan and Victorian Secret Societies1
Ch. 2Why Secrecy?33
Ch. 3Secrecy among the Sambia, 1974-197665
Ch. 4Paradox of the Men's House115
Ch. 5Colonialism and the Dissolution of Secret Reality173
Afterword: Secrecy and Cultural Relativism213
Notes241
References245
Index263

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