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Nage birds : classification and symbolism among an Eastern Indonesian people

Author: Gregory Forth
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
Series: Studies in environmental anthropology, v. 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book describes in detail the relationship between the Nage people of eastern Indonesia and the birds whose environment they share. Based on more than a decade of ethnographic fieldwork, it explores the ways in which a human society interacts with members of another zoological class and attaches particular values to these in a variety of cultural and conceptual contexts. As well as a fascinating study of the
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Genre/Form: Classification
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Forth
ISBN: 0415318270 9780415318273
OCLC Number: 51967231
Description: xii, 234 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Ethno-ornithological classification: generic categories and ethnotaxonomy --
3. Intermediate categories, binary associations, and nomenclature --
4. Things that go po in the night: ethnotaxonomy and symbolic classification --
5. Spiritual birds --
6. Birds as omens and taboo --
7. Hibernating swallows, kite stones, and the legless nightjar: some curiosities of Nage bird knowledge --
8. Birds in myth and metaphor --
9. The story of Tupa Lelu, or how birds of prey became chicken thieves --
10. Comparisons and conclusions.
Series Title: Studies in environmental anthropology, v. 8.
Responsibility: Gregory Forth.

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The story of the relationship between the Nage people of central Indonesia and the birds alongside which they co-exist. This volume offers a critique of theoretical argument on how non-western  Read more...

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