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Taboo : A Study of Malagasy Customs and Beliefs
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Author: Jørgen Ruud.
Language: English
No. of Pages: viii + 327 + 8 b&w plates + 4 figures

Item Identification Code (UID#): 4260
Shelving Location: Ethnography & Ethnology
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Taboo

A Study of Malagasy Customs and Beliefs

Second Edition
Trano Printy Loterana, Antananarivo (1970). (First Published 1960)
Softcover Book

A detailed ethnographic study of fady, the complex system of taboos or superstitions that influence and govern the way the Malagasy live their lives.

Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Hospitality
  • Authority and Seniority
  • Vintana or destiny
  • Plant taboos
  • Animal taboos
  • Building houses and founding villages
  • The Malagasy tomb
  • Burial taboos
  • The feast of the turning of the corpse
  • Posthumous names
  • The sacredness and impurity of the dead
  • Fetich taboos
  • Marriage taboos and sexual restrictions
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Rules concerning circumcision
  • Transgression, guilt, punishment
  • Lifting of taboo
  • The basic nature of the taboos
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Map of tribes in Madagascar

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Acknowledgement

This item was kindly donated to the Madagascar Library collection by David Purbrick.
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