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Placing The Dead

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Social and cultural anthropologists will find this book particularly valuable for two reasons. It is firstly a contribution to lively theoretical discussion on bilateral descent groups and secondly it is the first detailed ethnographic study of the dominant cultural group in Madagascar, the Merina - a society of over one million of South East Asian descent. It contains the first full length study of the two most famous aspects of the culture of Madagascar : the existence of massive megalithic tombs and the complex burial rituals, which involve the exhumation of the recently dead. Both these aspects are explained in terms of their place in the belief system and social organisation of the Merina people.

A hardback book with a paper dust jacket in good condition. Some minor shelf wear, with one noticeable tear on the dust jacket on the top of the spine.

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Author(s):
Maurice Bloc
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1971
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0128091509
ISBN-13:
9780128091500
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Seminar Press
Title:
Placing The Dead

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Social and cultural anthropologists will find this book particularly valuable for two reasons. It is firstly a contribution to lively theoretical discussion on bilateral descent groups and secondly it is the first detailed ethnographic study of the dominant cultural group in Madagascar, the Merina - a society of over one million of South East Asian descent. It contains the first full length study of the two most famous aspects of the culture of Madagascar : the existence of massive megalithic tombs and the complex burial rituals, which involve the exhumation of the recently dead. Both these aspects are explained in terms of their place in the belief system and social organisation of the Merina people.

A hardback book with a paper dust jacket in good condition. Some minor shelf wear, with one noticeable tear on the dust jacket on the top of the spine.

Author(s):
Maurice Bloc
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1971
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0128091509
ISBN-13:
9780128091500
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Seminar Press
Title:
Placing The Dead

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