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Sustaining desire : a structuralist interpretation of myth and male cult in central Australia

Morton, John A.


The Aranda Aborigines of Central Australia are one of the most intensively studied peoples in the world. This thesis surveys the extant literature, stretching back to the 1880's, and from it mounts a detailed investigation of Aranda religious life, in particular the mythology and the practice of the male cult. The analysis is also situated against the background of previous major interpretations of Aboriginal religion, notably by Durkheim, Roheim and Stanner, and suggests that a...[Show more]

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Date published: 1985-11
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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