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Cannibal talk : the man-eating myth and human sacrifice in the South Seas

Cannibal talk : the man-eating myth and human sacrifice in the South Seas

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats

Considers how colonial intrusion produced a complex self-fulfilling prophecy whereby the fantasy of cannibalism became a reality as natives on occasion began to eat both Europeans and their own  Read more...

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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gananath Obeyesekere
ISBN: 0520243072 9780520243071 0520243080 9780520243088
OCLC Number: 186459751
Description: 320 s. : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: Anthropology and the maneating myth --
"British cannibals" : dialogical misunderstandings in the South Seas --
Concerning violence : a backward journey into Maori anthropophagy --
Savage indignation : cannibalism and the parodic --
The later fate of heads : cannibalism, decapitation, and capitalism --
Cannibal feasts in nineteenth century Fiji : seamen's yarns and the ethnographic imagination --
Narratives of the self : Chevalier Peter Dillon's cannibal adventures --
On quartering and cannibalism and the discourses of savagism --
Responsibility: Gananath Obeyesekere.


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