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Ancestors, magic and exchange in Yolngu doctrines: extensions of the person in time and space

Keen, Ian


The article draws on the association drawn by Munn between Aboriginal ancestral transformations and the moral order, and the theory of partible persons, in order to re-examine Yolngu doctrines and related practices to do with totemic ancestors and their traces, magic and sorcery, and exchange. It argues that all three broad domains draw on beliefs about intrinsic relations between part and whole, image and object, and the intrinsic powers of bodily substance and spirits of the dead. These...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9655.2006.00350.x


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