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Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific / Edition 2

Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific / Edition 2

by Gananath Obeyesekere
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Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers, Obeyesekere reveals the captain as both the self-conscious civilizer and as the person who, his mission gone awry, becomes a "savage" himself.

In this new edition of The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, the author addresses, in a lengthy afterword, Marshall Sahlins's 1994 book, How "Natives" Think, which was a direct response to this work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900691057520
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/14/1997
Edition description: With a New afterword by the author
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Gananath Obeyesekere is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. His many books include The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology and, with Richard Gombrich, Buddhism Transformed: Religious Change in Sri Lanka (Princeton).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Captain Cook and the European Imagination3
Myth Models8
Improvisation Rationality and Savage Thought15
The Third Coming: A Flashback to the South Seas23
The Visit to Tahiti and the Destruction of Eimeo34
The Discovery of Hawaii40
The Thesis of the Apotheosis49
Further Objections to the Apotheosis: Maculate Perceptions and Cultural Conceptions60
Anthropology and Pseudo-History66
Politics and the Apotheosis: A Hawaiian Perspective74
The Other Lono: Omiah, the Dalai Lama of the Hawaiians92
Cook, Lono, and the Makahiki Festival95
The Narrative Resumed: The Last Days102
The Death of Cook: British and Hawaiian Versions109
Language Games and the European Apotheosis of James Cook120
The Humanist Myth in New Zealand History131
The Resurrection and Return of James Cook137
The Versions of the Apotheosis in the Traditions of Sea Voyagers142
Cook, Fornication, and Evil: The Myth of the Missionaries154
On Native Histories: Myth, Debate, and Contentious Discourse163
Monterey Melons; or, A Native's Reflection on the Topic of Tropical Tropes171
Myth Models in Anthropological Narrative177
The Mourning and the Aftermath187
Appendix IThe Destruction of Hikiau and the Death of William Watman193
Appendix IIKalii and the Divinity of Kings197

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