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Symbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1
     

Symbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century / Edition 1

by Sergei Kan
 

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ISBN-10: 1560983094

ISBN-13: 9781560983095

Pub. Date: 09/28/1993

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

The mortuary practices of the Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska represent the survival of indigenous traditions and beliefs. Tracing the emotional and religious, as well as the economic and sociopolitical dimensions, Kan surveys the entire Tlingit mortuary process that culminates in the memorial potlatch. He discovers that through their mortuary rites the Tlingit

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The mortuary practices of the Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska represent the survival of indigenous traditions and beliefs. Tracing the emotional and religious, as well as the economic and sociopolitical dimensions, Kan surveys the entire Tlingit mortuary process that culminates in the memorial potlatch. He discovers that through their mortuary rites the Tlingit transform death from a threat to their social order into an opportunity for strengthening and enhancing it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560983095
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Series:
Series in Ethnographic Inquiry
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Tlingit Alphabet xvii

Tlingit Technical Sound Chart xix

Map of Southeast Alaska, the Land of the Coastal Tlingits xx

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Outline of the Mortuary Rites 32

Part 1 The Person and the Social Order

Chapter 2 The "Outside" and the "Inside": The Tlingit View of the Human Being 53

Chapter 3 Shagóon and the Social Person: The Cultural Ideal 68

Chapter 4 The Aristocrat as the Ideal Person 79

Part 2 The Funeral

Chapter 5 Cosmology, Eschatology, and the Nature of Death 107

Chapter 6 The Deceased, the Mourners, and the Opposites: Actors in the Ritual Drama 126

Chapter 7 Grief, Mourning, and the Politics of the Funeral 163

Part 3 The Potlatch

Chapter 8 The Potlatch as a Mortuary Ritual 177

Chapter 9 Competition and Cooperation, Hierarchy and Equality 211

Part 4 Death In Northwestern North America and Beyond

Chapter 10 The Tlingit Mortuary Complex: A Comparative Perspective 253

Conclusion: The Tlingit Mortuary Complex and the Anthropology of Death 281

Epilogue 293

Notes 319

Glossary 363

References 367

Index 389

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