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By Fredrik Barth

In studying the adjustments that experience taken position within the mystery cosmological lore transmitted in male initiation ceremonies one of the Mountain okay of internal New Guinea, this publication deals a brand new manner of explaining how cultural swap happens. Professor Barth specializes in accounting for the neighborhood adaptations in cosmological traditions that exist one of the okay humans, who differently percentage principally comparable cultures. Rejecting current anthropological thought as insufficient for explaining this, Professor Barth constructs a brand new version of the mechanisms of cultural switch, emphasizing the position that particular creativity performs in it, and holding that cosmologies will be accurately understood provided that they're considered as wisdom within the means of communique, instead of as fastened our bodies of trust.

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In interpreting the alterations that experience taken position within the mystery cosmological lore transmitted in male initiation ceremonies one of the Mountain okay of internal New Guinea, this booklet bargains a brand new manner of explaining how cultural switch happens. Professor Barth specializes in accounting for the neighborhood adaptations in cosmological traditions that exist one of the okay humans, who in a different way proportion principally comparable cultures.

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Professor Barth focuses in particular on accounting for the local . variations in cosmological traditions that exist among the Ok people, who otherwise share similar material and ecological conditions, and similar languages. Rejecting existing anthropological theory as inadequate for explaining this, Professor Barth constructs a new model of the mechanisms of change, based on his close empirical observation of the processes of cultural transmission. This model emphasises the role of individual creativity in cultural reproduction and change, 'and maintains that cosmologies can be adequately understood only if they are regarded as knowledge in the process of communication, embedded in social organization, rather than as fixed bodies of belief.

Variations in cosmological traditions that exist among the Ok people, who otherwise share similar material and ecological conditions, and similar languages. Rejecting existing anthropological theory as inadequate for explaining this, Professor Barth constructs a new model of the mechanisms of change, based on his close empirical observation of the processes of cultural transmission. This model emphasises the role of individual creativity in cultural reproduction and change, 'and maintains that cosmologies can be adequately understood only if they are regarded as knowledge in the process of communication, embedded in social organization, rather than as fixed bodies of belief.

In this book, Fredrik Barth examines the changes that have taken place in the secret cosmological lore transmitted in male initiation ceremonies among the Mountain Ok of Inner New Guinea, and offers a new way of explaining how cultural change occurs. Professor Barth focuses in particular on accounting for the local . variations in cosmological traditions that exist among the Ok people, who otherwise share similar material and ecological conditions, and similar languages. Rejecting existing anthropological theory as inadequate for explaining this, Professor Barth constructs a new model of the mechanisms of change, based on his close empirical observation of the processes of cultural transmission.

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