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The Hidden Truth of Your Name: A Complete Guide to First Names and What They Say About the Real You
The Hidden Truth of Your Name
A Complete Guide to First Names and What They Say About the Real You
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 034542266x
A unique, comprehensive, illustrated catalogue draws on the Hebrew Kabbalah, the ancient Runes, and numerology to reveal the hidden powers latent in more than seven hundred American names and to create a systematic portrait of each moniker. Original.
All Our Kin
All Our Kin
Paperback      ISBN: 0061319821
A portrait of the struggle and resourcefulness of African-American ghetto communities is presented from the perspectives of its families and offers an exploration of the black kinship network. Reissue.
Cows, Pigs, Wars & Witches: The Riddles of Culture
Cows, Pigs, Wars & Witches
The Riddles of Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0679724680
An anthropologist speculates on the origins of bizarre and mysterious human lifestyles, customs, and institutions throughout history
Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain: Hero Myths in the Mabinogion
Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain
Hero Myths in the Mabinogion
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819200
The authoritative reader's companion to the ancient Celtic myths in the literary masterpiece, the Mabinogion. • Thoroughly updated edition of Mabon and the Mysteries of Britain (UK). • Illuminates the rich archetypal patterns and meanings in the Four Branches of the Welsh Mabinogion. According to prophecy, a liberator will come to bring light, truth, and freedom to every generation. His mythic title is Mabon, but his identities are many-including Arthur the King, whose coming we await. So says the mythic Welsh text the Mabinogion, which includes some of the oldest magical stories from British mythology and which has been intriguing and beguiling readers for centuries. In Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain, Celtic scholar Caitlín Matthews unlocks the encoded meanings of the Mabinogion and establishes it firmly as a precursor to other living myths of the West. From her fascinating study of these stories emerge two of the major figures of the Celtic tradition: the archetypal Mabon, deliverer and liberator of the land, and Modron, his mother, the Great Goddess herself. The initiatory pattern of Britain's inner guardians is revealed through the succession of the Pendragons, as each rises through the ages from boy, hero, and king to the role of Mabon. As descendants of the ancient Celtic oral tradition, the rich themes and archetypal underpinnings of the Mabinogion are stories for all time.
Ishi in Two Worlds: A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
Ishi in Two Worlds
A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America
Paperback      ISBN: 0520229401
The life story of Ishi, the Yahi Indian, lone survivor of a doomed tribe, is unique in the annals of North American anthropology. For more than forty years, Theodora Kroeber's biography has been sharing this tragic and absorbing drama with readers all over the world. Ishi stumbled into the twentieth century on the morning of August 29, 1911, when, desperate with hunger and with terror of the white murderers of his family, he was found in the corral of a slaughterhouse near Oroville, California. Finally identified as an Indian by an anthropologist, Ishi was brought to San Francisco by Professor T. T. Waterman and lived there the rest of his life under the care and protection of Alfred Kroeber and the staff of the University of California's Museum of Anthropology. Karl Kroeber adds an informative tribute to the text, describing how the book came to be and how Theodora Kroeber's approach to the project was both a product of her era and of her insight and her empathy. The life story of Ishi, the Yahi Indian, lone survivor of a doomed tribe, is unique in the annals of North American anthropology. For more than forty years, Theodora Kroeber's biography has been sharing this tragic and absorbing drama with readers all over the world. Ishi stumbled into the twentieth century on the morning of August 29, 1911, when, desperate with hunger and with terror of the white murderers of his family, he was found in the corral of a slaughterhouse near Oroville, California. Finally identified as an Indian by an anthropologist, Ishi was brought to San Francisco by Professor T. T. Waterman and lived there the rest of his life under the care and protection of Alfred Kroeber and the staff of the University of California's Museum of Anthropology. Karl Kroeber adds an informative tribute to the text, describing how the book came to be and how Theodora Kroeber's approach to the project was both a product of her era and of her insight and her empathy.
Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation
Coming of Age in Samoa
A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation
Paperback      ISBN: 0688050336
The classic anthropological study describes what it was like in the 1920s for girls growing up in the primitive culture of the Samoan Islands, offering provocative insights into such topics as childhood, gender roles, and culture. Reprint.
King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion
King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land
The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion
Paperback      ISBN: 0892819219
Matthews sheds light on Sovereignty, the Goddess of the sacred land of Britain, and the spiritual principle of the Divine Feminine. She articulates the continuing relevance of ancient Celtic thought and belief of the powerful myths and legends of ancient Britain.
In the Hands of the Great Spirit: The 20,000-Year History of American Indians
In the Hands of the Great Spirit
The 20,000-Year History of American Indians
Paperback      ISBN: 0684855771
A complete, one-volume history of the American Indians, presented from the Native American point of view, draws on historical documents, archeological artifacts, and oral legends to profile early societies, clarify misconceptions, and describe recent revivals. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People
The Nuer
A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic People
Paperback      ISBN: 0195003225
The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature and Art
The Predicament of Culture
Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature and Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0674698436
The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique raises questions of global significance: Who has the authority to speak for any group's identity and authenticity? What are the essential elements and boundaries of a culture? How do self and "the other" clash in the encounters of ethnography, travel, and modern interethnic relations? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century predicament of living simultaneously within, between, and after culture.