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Author Name:    FIRTH, Raymond

Title:   Work of the Gods in Tikopia. Second Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    University of London , The Athlone Press / Humanities Press, London / New York, 1967, 

Seller ID:   102259

FIRTH, Raymond. The Work of the Gods in Tikopia. (London) The Athlone Press/ New York : The Humanities Press Inc., 1967. Second Edition with new intr oduction and epilogue. Pp. (4),[v]-viii,[1]-490,(2), + frontispiece + 8 p. of plates. Some illustrations in the text. 8vo, red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology series, Nos 1 & 2 "First published in 1939 and long out of print, this book remains unique as the only full and detailed account by a social anthropologist of a complete pagan Polynesian ritual cycle. [...] includes a new theoretical introduction, postscripts have also been added to some chapters comparing the performances of 1928-29 with those witnessed by Professor Firth on a second visit to Tikopia in 1952. There is a specially written Epilogueon the final eclipse of the traditional ritual, based on a third visit by the author during the summer of 1966." - from the dj. Chapters : 1. GeneralCharacter of the Work of the Gods; 2. Throwing the Firestick; 3. Ritual of the Sacred Canoes (pp.55-140); 4. The Work of the Yam; 5. Re-Carpeting the Ancestral Temples; 6. Freeing the Land; 7. The Proclamation at Rarokoka ; 8. The Dance to Quell the Wind; 9. The Dance of the Flaming Fire; 10. Deserted Gods in Takarito; 11. The Work of Somosomo and Fiora; 12. The Ritual Extraction of Tumeric; 13. The Final Rites. With Conclusion, Epilogue 1966, bibliography and index. Name clipped from top of flyleaf, else very good in lightly worn, unclipped dustjacket. 35.00


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