The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual (Cornell Paperbacks) (Paperback)

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The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual (Cornell Paperbacks) (Paperback)


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A collection of ten of the most brilliant and important essays on ritual yet written. These papers by Victor Turner... are all seminal and distinguished. ― American Anthropologist

A pioneering work of high quality, this collection of anthropological studies provides one of the most detailed records available for an African society--or indeed for any group--of the semantics of ritual symbolism. It combines unusually detailed ethnographic description, based upon field work among the Ndembu of Zambia, with remarkable theoretical sophistication. Professor Turner describes the ritual phenomena in terms both of practice and of their sociological and psychological implications within a preliterate society.

Case histories illustrate the function of ritual in creating community harmony. Data on circumcision rites and medical practices and an essay on color classification have wide implications for comparative analysis. Excellent photographs and useful diagrams complement the text.

Victor Turner (1920-1983) was professor of religion and anthropology at the University of Chicago. He authored many books, including Dramas, Fields, and Metaphors: Symbolic Action in Human Society and Revelation and Divination in Ndembu Ritual, both published by Cornell.
Product Details ISBN: 9780801491016
ISBN-10: 0801491010
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: February 28th, 1970
Pages: 417
Language: English
Series: Cornell Paperbacks