Ways of Baloma : rethinking magic and kinship from the Trobriands (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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Ways of Baloma : rethinking magic and kinship from the Trobriands

Author: Mark S Mosko; Tablu Pulaysi Daniel
Publisher: Chicago : Hau Books, [2017] ©2017
Series: Malinowski monographs series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Bronislaw Malinowski’s path-breaking research in the Trobriand Islands shaped much of modern anthropology’s disciplinary paradigm. Yet many conundrums remain. For example, Malinowski asserted that baloma spirits of the dead were responsible for procreation but had limited influence on their living descendants in magic and other matters, claims largely unchallenged by subsequent field investigators, until now. Based  Read more...
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Named Person: Bronislaw Malinowski
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark S Mosko; Tablu Pulaysi Daniel
ISBN: 9780997367560 0997367563
OCLC Number: 975486360
Description: xxxvii, 473 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: on magical images, powers, and persons --
Theoretical orientations: partibility and participation --
The magical powers of baloma --
Baloma creations and procreations --
Bwekasa: the life-giving sacrificial rites of Trobriander, living and deceased --
Cycles of reproduction and reincarnation as Bwekasa sacrifice --
Taboos, totems, and Tuma --
The supreme puzzle: Suvasova incest, rank, marriage alliance, and chiefly endogamy --
Conclusion: analogy, homology, and changing ways of baloma.
Series Title: Malinowski monographs series.
Other Titles: Rethinking magic and kinship from the Trobriands
Responsibility: Mark S. Mosko ; with Tabalu Pulayasi Daniel [and 3 others] ; foreword by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.

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"Bronislaw Malinowski’s path-breaking research in the Trobriand Islands shaped much of modern anthropology’s disciplinary paradigm. Yet many conundrums remain. For example, Malinowski asserted that baloma spirits of the dead were responsible for procreation but had limited influence on their living descendants in magic and other matters, claims largely unchallenged by subsequent field investigators, until now. Based on extended fieldwork at Omarakana village—home of the Tabalu “Paramount Chief”—Mark S. Mosko argues instead that these and virtually all contexts of indigenous sociality are conceived as sacrificial reciprocities between the mirror worlds that baloma and humans inhabit." -- Publisher's description

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