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HELMS, Mary W. Access to Origins : Affines, Ancestors and Aristocrats. Austin : University of Texas Press, (1998). First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xiii,(3),-258. Figures. Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "In many nonindustrial, non-Western societies, power and prestige are closely linked to the extent of an individual's or group's perceived connection to the supernatural realm, which also explains and validates tangible activitiessuch as economic success, victories in war, or control over lucrative trad e. Affines (in-laws), ancestors, and aristocrats, in particular, are related to the realm of creative cosmological origins (i.e., to Genesis), which accords them distinctive, supernatural powers and gives them a natural and legitimate right to worldly authority. This is the hypothesis that Mary W. Helms pursues in this broadly cross-cultural study of aristocracy in chieflysocieties. [...] Helms sheds new light on how hierarchical societies are f ormulated and why aristocrats are deemed to have legitimate authority. Her research establishes why and how political authority is cosmologically centered in non-industrial societies and adds significantly to our understanding of affines as a separate ideological category worthy of study in its own right." (from the dj). Contents : Introduction : 1. The Setting. 2. The House. Part One : 3. The Dead. 4. Ancestors. 5. Affines. 6. Origins. Part Two : 7. Hierarchy. 8. Qualities and Aristocrats. 9. Aristocrats and Affines. Part Three : 10. Structure and Communitas. 11. Tangible Durability. 12. Concluding Remarks. Appendix : Geographical Distribution of Select EthnographicSources. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00.
Title: Access to Origins : Affines, Ancestors and Aristocrats. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: University of Texas Press, Austin, 1998, ISBN:0292731191:
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