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The Forest of Taboos Morality, Hunting, and Identity Among the Huaulu of the Moluccas

by Valerio Valeri

  • ISBN: 9780299162146
  • ISBN10: 0299162141

The Forest of Taboos Morality, Hunting, and Identity Among the Huaulu of the Moluccas

by Valerio Valeri

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780299162146
  • ISBN10: 0299162141
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Description: This eloquent and profound book, completed by Valerio Valeri shortly before his death in 1998, contends that the ambivalence felt by all humans about sex, death, and eating other animals can be explained by a set of coordinated principles that are expressed in taboos. In elegant prose, Valeri evokes the world of the Huaulu, forest hunters of Indonesia. The hidden attractions of the animal world, which invades the human world in perilous ways, he shows, also delineate that which the Huaulu regard as most human about themselves.
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