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Tricksters and Trancers Bushman Religion and Society

by Mathias Guenther

  • ISBN: 9780253213440
  • ISBN10: 0253213444

Tricksters and Trancers Bushman Religion and Society

by Mathias Guenther

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 11/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780253213440
  • ISBN10: 0253213444
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Description: Preface iChapter 1: Introduction: The Challenge of Bushman Religion 1The Challenge of Bushman Religion 4 Bushman Religion: A Brief Summary 9 Notes on Methodology and Orthography 10Chapter 2: Bushman Society 15Nharo Society, 1790's to 1890's 17Nharo Society, 1890's to 1990's 25Bushman Social Organization 29Chapter 3: Values and Individuals 50Values 53The Individual 63Bushman Society's " Struggle of Society against the State" 71Chapter 4: Belief and Cosmology 74The Diversity and Ambiguity of Bushman Belief 75Divinity 78Mantis and Moon Worship? 81Cosmogony: Primal Time 84Cosmology: The Human-Animal Nexus 89Ambiguity of Bushman Religion: Social and Cultural Factors 101Social-Structural Factors: 102Cognitive-Cultural Factors: 107"Foraging for Ideas": The Factor of Acculturation 110Socio-Cultural Change and Bushman Religion 118Chapter 5: The Trickster 121The Trickster's Many Faces 124The Embodiment of Ambiguity 128The Trickster as God 139Gauwa Meets Jesus Christ 147The Abomination of the Trickster God 153Chapter 6: Stories, Story Telling and Story Gathering: 160 The Case of the Moon and the Hare Textual Variation of the Myth 162Story Transmission and the Foraging Ethos 169Foraging Ideology or Ideology of Foraging? 178 The Text and Its Meaning 181Chapter 7: Myth and Gender 185Gender Relations in Bushman Society 187Gender Relations in Bushman Myth and Lore 190The Equality of Bushmen and Women 198The Limitations of Structural Analysis 202Chapter 8: Initiation Rites 207Female Initiation 209Male Initiation 211Variations 214Male Initiation or Hunting Magic? 218Transition and Transformation 219Transformation, Anti-Structure and Egalitarianism 225Chapter 9: The Trance Dance 228Liminality, Transformation and Transcendence 231The Trance Dance and Cultural Revitalization 242 Flexibility, Adaptability and Variability of Bushman Ritual 248Chapter 10: Missionaries and the Bushmen 251The Bushman Mission in the Cape at Colonial Times 254The Failure of the Cape Mission 261Contemporary Missions to Bushmen 273Two Incongruous Belief Systems 282Chapter 11: Conclusion: Bushman Religion and the Tolerance of Ambiguity 284Coping with Ambiguity 288Bushman Society and Religion as Communitas and Anti-Structure 298 Do the Bushmen (and Hunter-Gatherers) Have Societies? 303The Analytical and Methodological Challenge of Ambiguity 306References Cited 312Endnotes 341Index 352
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