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The Forest of Symbols : Aspects of Ndembu Ritual, Paperback / softback Book

The Forest of Symbols : Aspects of Ndembu Ritual Paperback / softback


A pioneering work of high quality, this collection of anthropological studies provides one of the most detailed records available for an African society-or indeed for any group-of the semantics of ritual symbolism.

It combines unusually detailed ethnographic description, based upon field work among the Ndembu of Zambia, with remarkable theoretical sophistication.

Professor Turner describes the ritual phenomena in terms both of practice and of their sociological and psychological implications within a preliterate society. Case histories illustrate the function of ritual in creating community harmony.

Data on circumcision rites and medical practices and an essay on color classification have wide implications for comparative analysis.

Excellent photographs and useful diagrams complement the text.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Tribal religions
  • ISBN: 9780801491016



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