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The heart of the pearl-shell : the mythological dimension of Foi sociality

Weiner, James Fredric


The goal of this thesis is a symbolic analysis of Foi sociality and mythology. The major organizing principles of such sociality are the two analogous concepts of intersexual and affinal mediation. An analysis of a representative sample of Foi myths reveals them as creative depictions of the paradoxes surrounding these two principles. The analytical framework employed centres around the concept of symbolic obviation which locates the creation of cultural meaning in the dialectical...[Show more]

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Date published: 1983-08
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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