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FIRTH, Raymond. Tikopia Ritual and Belief. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., (1967). First Edition. Pp. (10),11-374,(2), + 8 p. of black and white plates. Tables, diagrams in text. 8vo, brick cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "This book gives some of the fruits of the author's stufy of Tikotna wavs of thought as the result of three field expeditions. Most Polynesians became Christians more than a century ago but Tikopia had a substantial paganpopulation until quite recent years. This book of essays describes rites a nd beliefs of a people who still maintained their traditional institutions remote from civilization. Studies ot totemism, of magic and of beliefs in the fate of the soul in the afterworld, not only throw new light on Polynesian attitudes but also contribute some novel ideas to the interpretation of standard theoretical problems in social anthropology. Studies of rumour, suicide, and a new essay on spirit meiediumship, also provide links between social anthropology and psychology. A general review based on the author's visit in 1966 describes the modern position after the complete adoption of Christianity." (from the dj). Contents: 1. Outline of Tikopia Culture; 2. Ceremonies for Children; 3. Privilege Ceremonies; 4. Bond Friendship; 5. Suicide and Risk-Taking; 6. Rumour in a Primitive Society, with a Note on the Theory of' Cargo' Cults; 7. The Meaning of Dreams; 8. The Analysis of Mana: An Empirical Approach; 9. The Sociology of 'Magic'; 10. Ritual Adzes in Tikopia; 11. Totemism in Polynesia; 12. Economics and Ritual in Sago Extraction; 13. The Plasticity of Myth; 14. Individual Fantasy and Social Norms: Seances with Spirit Mediums; 15.The Fate of the Soul; 16. A Commentary. Top half-inch of flyleaf clipped, else very good in lightly spine-sunned, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00
Title: Tikopia Ritual and Belief. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin, London, 1957,:
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