From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javanese Genesis: The Spilt Seed Stephen C. Headley

ISBN: 9780198234234

Published: February 1st 2001

Hardcover

264 pages


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From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javanese Genesis: The Spilt Seed  by  Stephen C. Headley

From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javanese Genesis: The Spilt Seed by Stephen C. Headley
February 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 264 pages | ISBN: 9780198234234 | 6.44 Mb

In 1925 the influential Dutch anthropologist W.H. Rassers posed the question of the relationship of myth to ritual, taking as his case study the Javanese myth of the birth of the man-eating demon, Kala. The light shed by this myth, and itsMoreIn 1925 the influential Dutch anthropologist W.H. Rassers posed the question of the relationship of myth to ritual, taking as his case study the Javanese myth of the birth of the man-eating demon, Kala.

The light shed by this myth, and its re-enactment, on the social morphology of Java was immediately the subject of debate among students of Javanese culture. In this text, Stephen C. Headley translates and studies ritual and myth in their variant forms. He expands illuminatingly upon Rassers general proposition, that the movement from cosmogony to exorcism founds fundamental social forms within which values circulate in Javanese society. Richly detailed descriptions confirm the permanence of these networks of circulating values in modern-day Java, and their persistence in the face of contemporary individualism.



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