Journals Higher Education

$55.95

Paperback

26 September 1991

184 Pages | 31 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195069105


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Emerging From the Chrysalis

Rituals of Women's Initiation

Bruce Lincoln

Now reissued in an expanded edition, this unique book offers the first full-length treatment of women's initiation rites in five cultures. Considering initiation rites among the Tiyyar of South India, the Navajo, the Tiv of West Africa, and the Tukuna of the Northwest Amazon, Lincoln argues that unlike men's rites, women's rites do not impart a change in hierarchical status, but rather a "cosmic" change which offers religious compensation for women's generally low socio-political status. With a new chapter and bibliography, Emerging from the Chrysalis will be stimulating reading for those interested in ritual and its cultural impact.

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