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Cambridge Studies in Social Anthropology #0061: From Blessing to Violence: History and Ideology in the Circumcision Ritual of the Merina of Madagascar

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The circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar is seen by them primarily as a blessing, involving the transfer of the love and concern of the ancestors of their descendants. Yet the ritual ends in an act of ciolent wounding of the child. Similarily, while the ritual involves a symbolic assault on women, it is nonetheless welcomed by them as a mark of receiving the blessing of the ancestors. In this book, Maurice Bloch provides a detailed description and analysis of the Merina circumcision ritual today, offers an account of its history, and discusses the significance of his analysis for anthropological theories of ritual in general. Pursuing the theme of the combination of religious joy and illumination with violence, Professor Bloch explains how, at various times, the circumcision ceremony can be a familial ritual as well as glorification of a militarist and expansionist state, or associated with anti-colonial nationalism. Describing changes that have occurred in the form of the ritual over two centuries, Professor Bloch argues that in order to understand the properties of ritual in general, it is necessary to view it over a longer time scale than anthropologists have tended to do previously. Adopting such an historical perspective enables him to identify the stability of the Merina ritual's symbolic content, despite changes in its organisation, and dramatically changing politico-economic contexts. As well as presenting an original historical approach to the anthropological study of ritua;, Professor Bloch discusses a range of general theoretical issues, including the nature of ideology, and the relationship between images created in ritual and other types of knowledge. The book will appeal widely to scholars and students of anthropology, history, African studies, and comparative religion.

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The circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar ends with the violent wounding of a child, and symbolic wounding of the female. Yet, the rite is seen by them as a blessing; the transfer of the love and concern of the ancestors. The author discusses this ritual and associated concepts.

Synopsis:

This detailed description and analysis of Madagascar's Merina tribe and its ancient circumcision ritual is significant as a basis for the analysis of anthropological theories of ritual in general.

Synopsis:

This book provides a detailed description and analysis of the Merina circumcision ritual today, offer an account of its history, and discusses the significance of his analysis for anthropological theories of ritual in general.

Table of Contents

1. The social determination of ritual; 2. Background politico-religious history of the Merina, 1770-1970; 3. Background to Merina social organisation and religion; 4. Description and preliminary analysis of a circumcision ritual; 5. The symbolism of circumcision; 6. The myth of the origin of circumcision; 7. The history of the circumcision; 8. The circumcision ritual in history: towards a theory of the transformation of ideology; Notes; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521314046
Author:
Bloch, Maurice
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Fortes, Meyer
Author:
Tambiah, Stanley
Author:
Goody, Jack
Author:
Bloch, Maurice
Author:
Leach, Edmund
Location:
Cambridge Cambridgeshire ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Circumcision
Subject:
Merina (Malagasy people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Subject:
Circumcision -- Madagascar.
Subject:
Merina (Malagasy people) -- History.
Subject:
Merina
Subject:
Sociology of Religion x
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Merina (Malagasy people)--Rites and ceremonie
Subject:
Merina (Malagasy people)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Series Volume:
0061
Publication Date:
19860431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
228
Dimensions:
9.20x5.78x.57 in. .77 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar ends with the violent wounding of a child, and symbolic wounding of the female. Yet, the rite is seen by them as a blessing; the transfer of the love and concern of the ancestors. The author discusses this ritual and associated concepts.
"Synopsis" by , This detailed description and analysis of Madagascar's Merina tribe and its ancient circumcision ritual is significant as a basis for the analysis of anthropological theories of ritual in general.
"Synopsis" by , This book provides a detailed description and analysis of the Merina circumcision ritual today, offer an account of its history, and discusses the significance of his analysis for anthropological theories of ritual in general.
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