From Blessing to Violence: History and Ideology in the Circumcision Ritual of the Merina

Bloch, Maurice

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Éditeur
Cambridge University Press
Pages
228
Parution
avril 1986
Format
Livre broché
Langue
Anglais
Dimensions
228 × 152 × 13 cm
EAN
9780521314046
  • Résumé

The circumcision ritual of the Merina of Madagascar ends with the violent wounding of a child, and symbolic wounding of the female. Yet, the rite is seen by them as a blessing; the transfer of the love and concern of the ancestors. The author discusses this ritual and associated concepts.
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