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The victim and its masks : an essay on sacrifice and masquerade in the Maghreb

Author: Abdellah Hammoudi; Paula Wissing
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1993.
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Each year, in a solemn Sunni Muslim feast, the Ait Mizane of southern Morocco reenact the story of Abraham as a ritual sacrifice, a symbolic observance of their submission to the divine. After this sober ceremony comes a bacchanalian masquerade which seems to violate every principle the sacrifice affirmed. Because of the apparent contradiction between sacrifice and masquerade, observers have described the two as  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abdellah Hammoudi; Paula Wissing
ISBN: 0226315258 9780226315256 0226315266 9780226315263
OCLC Number: 27265476
Language Note: Translation of: La victime et ses masques.
Description: xv, 199 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction ----
I. Toward a Systematic Ethnography of the Festival. 1. Colonial Anthropology on the Sacrifice and the Masquerade: In Search of a Lost Religion ---
2. Human Action in Its Environment: Concerning Some Structural Tensions ---
3. The Sacrifice ---
4. Narratives about Bilmawn: The Scenario ---
5. Bilmawn Observed: Street Theater ---
7. Local Exegesis ----
II. The Sacrifice and the Masquerade Interpreted. 8. Theoretical Approaches ---
9. Prayer and Preparation of the Victim: Ideal Community, and the Division and Hierarchy of Ritual Roles ---
10. The Rite and the Myth: Sense and Nonsense about the Sacrifice ---
11. The Masks and Their Forays: Marginality, Hyperdefinition, and the Revenge of the Son ---
12. On Indetermination and the Deceptions of a Second Founding Drama.
Other Titles: Victime et ses masques.
Essay on sacrifice and masquerade in the Maghreb
Responsibility: Abdellah Hammoudi ; translated by Paula Wissing.
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Each year, in a solemn Sunni Muslim feast, the Ait Mizane of southern Morocco reenact the story of Abraham as a ritual sacrifice, a symbolic observance of their submission to the divine. After this sober ceremony comes a bacchanalian masquerade which seems to violate every principle the sacrifice affirmed. Because of the apparent contradiction between sacrifice and masquerade, observers have described the two as entirely separate events. This book reunites them as a single ritual process within Islamic tradition. -- Publisher description.

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