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Cattle Poetics : How Aesthetics Shapes Politics in Mursiland, Ethiopia, EPUB eBook

Cattle Poetics : How Aesthetics Shapes Politics in Mursiland, Ethiopia EPUB

Part of the Ethnography, Theory, Experiment series


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Loving cows, then killing them. The relation with cattle in Mursi country is shaped by the dichotomy between the value given to it during life and the death imposed upon it. The killing of cattle may be brief and inflicted with few words, but it is preceded by a series of intense aesthetic practices, such as body painting and adornments, colour poetics, poems and oratory art. This book investigates the link between the nurturing and killing of cattle with Mursi daily life and finds that these rituals cut across pastoralism, social organisation and politics in forming the very fabric of Mursi society.


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