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Of Alien Kings and Perpetual Kin

Contradiction and Ambiguity in Ruwund (Lunda) Symbolic Thought

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Of Alien Kings and Perpetual Kin by Manuela Palmeirim
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Of Alien Kings and Perpetual Kin presents a detailed understanding and analysis of the ideology of kingship among the Aruwund (Lunda) of southern Democratic Republic of the Congo. In doing so the text is drawn into addressing a range of important regional themes: the debate on the concept of the 'culture hero' in central African traditions of state formation; the system of 'perpetual kinship'; issues of hierarchy; and the symbolic use of space in royal ritual. All these lead to an analysis that stresses the fluidity and ambiguity of symbolic thought. In this, this innovative work questions the heuristic and theoretical validity of the concept of 'opposition' as used in theoretical models applied to the study of symbolism in which terms are self-contained and mutually exclusive.
Release date NZ
March 6th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
Sean Kingston Publishing
Pages
192
Dimensions
156x234x12
ISBN-13
9780954557270
Product ID
1838537

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