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The fractal yam: botanical imagery and human agency in the Trobriands

Mosko, Mark


Anthropologists have long appreciated that animals are 'good to think'. In this essay I ponder whether plants might be good to think too, and particularly whether there is any sense in asking if plants (along with animals) might also be 'good to act'. The botanical metaphor of 'base', 'body', and 'tip' animates the origin structures of many if not most societies of the Austronesian world. Less attention has been directed at indigenous elaborations in other socio-cultural domains of the region....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2009.01579.x


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