To Remember the Faces of the Dead: The Plenitude of Memory in Southwestern New Britain - New Directions in Anthropological Writing S. (Hardback)Thomas Maschio
Hardback Published: 31/05/1994
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As he challenges classical semiological accounts of cultural representation in this ethnography of Melanesian religious phenomenology, Thomas Maschio shows that ritual and poetic performance are about the enactment, expression, and invention of the self.Maschio demonstrates how such emotions as nostalgia, anger, sadness, and grief are creatively transformed during the course of religious performance and expression into a form of cultural memory one that juxtaposes a pattern of cultural meaning with the emotional feeling of plenitude the Melanesian Rauto call "makai." Evoked during initiation, mourning, and agricultural rites, and figuring prominently in Rauto discourse about the self, "makai" joins personal memory to patterned sets of images and meanings that Westerners would call culture."
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press