Symbolic Structures: An Exploration of the Culture of the Dowayos

Symbolic Structures: An Exploration of the Culture of the Dowayos

Nigel Barley


Many opposing theories were elaborated by means of assorted anthropologists in an try to clarify the character of symbolism. during this paintings Nigel Barley makes use of a specific ethnographic case to ascertain the relevance and barriers of those current theories and to advance a brand new replacement procedure which pulls on parts of linguistics and folkloristics at one time ignored by way of symbolic theorists. The booklet is an in depth examine of the symbolic universe of the Dowayos of north Cameroon, as displayed of their ritual and ideology. contemplating issues as different as their oral literature, their fabric tradition and their fairs, Dr Barley's research develops through unfolding sequentially a map of the symbolic constructions that underlie Dowayo tradition and form their apperception of the area approximately them. This booklet should be really priceless for college students. it's going to additionally curiosity all anthropologists excited by the research of symbolism and with the appliance to anthropology of types derived from linguistics and folklore.

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