New PDF release: Nature, Ritual and Society in Japan's Ryukyu Islands (Japan
By Arne Røkkum
Regardless of their small sector, the southern islands of Japan could be noticeable as stepping stones in the direction of a extra nuanced view of cultural osmosis among Japan and the surface global. This e-book provides an ethnographic portrayal of the folk of the Southern Ryukyu Islands and their global. specifically it explores the brain of the islanders, their dating with the wildlife, their social relationships, and the rituals which symbolize and provides expression to those relationships. according to huge unique examine, together with player remark, the e-book permits the genuine voices of the Ryukyu Island worlds to talk for themselves in addition to environment the paintings within the wider context of anthropology, eastern reviews and Pacific Island experiences.
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Additional resources for Nature, Ritual and Society in Japan's Ryukyu Islands (Japan Anthropology Workshop Series)
A plurality relative to islands induces an afﬁnity to the Austronesian world perhaps even more than to the Sino-Japanese world. Hardly any page in this book parades a portrayal of the Japanese. g. the positioning of a slab of raw pig meat behind the head of the corpse, as a Japanese practice. There might be differences of opinion as to the issue of the ethnic status of the Ryukyuans within Japan. What would be the most apt criteria of identiﬁcation? A nationality (granted the history of a Kingdom), an ethnic group (granted the differences between Yamato [the Japanese] and Uchina [the Okinawans]), or simply the prefectural population of Okinawa?
In Dunang a “spiritually high” (kandaga) quality blends with amorphous place and activity attributes. When superiority is stated, however, the association goes not with the landscapes, but with the human body itself. The tagasa’udi is a supreme deity. It is highlighted in the invocations made by shamans, the munuci, but not by the k’a priestesses. 3). An initial belonging – culturally authorized more as a prevailing sentiment than as a prevailing rule – sustains their status as sisters even after marrying.
As I argued in Goddesses, Priestesses, and Sisters (1998), the latitude guaranteed to women to play a role in Ryukyuan society is still today assured by the retention of a crucial referent to public function. ” In pre-contact Tonga, according to Gailey, women’s labor contributed both to the reproduction of kinship and hierarchy. In Tonga as also in the Trobriands (Weiner 1976), women transcend their biological state by positioning themselves in the exchanges of valuables. While a difference between kinship society and state society as to gender and production/reproduction undoubtedly covers many instances in the comparative view, at least one – the present Ryukyuan instance – constitutes an exception.
Nature, Ritual and Society in Japan's Ryukyu Islands (Japan Anthropology Workshop Series) by Arne Røkkum