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Emerging from the Chrysalis
Emerging from the Chrysalis
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About the Book

Now reissued in an expanded edition, this unique book offers the first full-length treatment of women's initiation rites in five cultures. Asserting the critical importance of such rites in a world dominated by men, Lincoln shows that in these societies women's initiation involves not only a
transformation of the self but also of the cosmos. 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. Lincoln concludes with a brilliant reconstruction of ancient Greek initiation rites based on his original interpretation of the Demeter and Persephone myth. With a new chapter and bibliography,
Emerging from the Chrysalis will be stimulating reading for those interested in ritual and its cultural impact.
About the Author:
Bruce Lincoln is Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, the University of Chicago.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780195069105
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Depth: 13
  • Height: 233 mm
  • No of Pages: 184
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Rituals of Women's Initiation
  • Width: 158 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0195069102
  • Publisher Date: 26 Sep 1991
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 17 mm
  • Weight: 291 gr


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