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Nage Birds: Classification and Symbolism among an Eastern Indonesian People

By: Gregory Forth

234 pages, 20 illus, 6 b/w photos

Routledge

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #141732 | ISBN: 0415318270
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About this book

This unusual and richly illustrated book is the story of the relationship between the Nage people of central Indonesia and the birds alongside which they co-exist. It aims for a total view of how a human community interacts with another zoological class, giving birds a chosen place in human ideas and social practice.


Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Ethno-ornithalogical Classification: Generic Categories and Ethno-taxonomy Chapter 3: Intermediate Categories, Binary Associations, and Nomenclature Chapter 4: Things That Go Po In The Night: Ethnotaxonomy and Symbolic Classification Chapter 5: Spiritual Birds Chapter 6: Birds as Omens and Taboo Chapter 7: Hibernating Swallows, Kite Stones, and the Legless Nightjar: Some Curiosities of Nage Bird Knowledge Chapter 8: Birds in Myth and Metaphor Chapter 9: The Story of Tupa Lelu, or How Birds of Prey Became Chicken Thieves Chapter 10: Comparisons and Conclusions

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