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Author Carucci, Laurence Marshall, 1949-

Title Nuclear nativity : rituals of renewal and empowerment in the Marshall Islands / Laurence Marshall Carucci.

Published DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.80099683 CARU    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 217 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [195]-205) and index.
Contents Typographical Chart -- 1. Kurijmoj on Wujilan -- 2. Fundamental Principles: Contexts of Exchange -- 3. Eating the Food of My Enemies: Production, Consumption, and the Work of the Gods -- 4. Spheres of Symholic Action: The Feasting Format, Karate, and Kalbuuj -- 5. Supportive Devices: Spatial and Social Logistics -- 6. Supportive Devices: The Symbolics of the Senses in Kurijmoj -- 7. Ritual Performance, Local Identity, and the Construction of Meaning: Core Themes and Innovative Applications.
Summary In Nuclear Nativity, Carucci explores the rituals, customs, and meanings of the Kurijmoj festival. Feasts, competitive games, speeches, dances, songs of apocalypse, and gestures of extraordinary generosity are among the means by which Enewetak and Ujelang people celebrate the festival. Carucci thoroughly investigates the empowering aspects of these ritual devices. He gives special attention to the array of valu ables and intricate scenarios of exchange - including food and money, speeches and songs - and illuminates the ways that people create histories of Kurijmoj tracing the festival to its ancient or Christian sources depending on their positions or status in the community. Carucci's book will engage Pacific anthropologists, ethnographers, and scholars interested in the anthropology of religion and ritual.
Subject Ethnology -- Marshall Islands -- Enewetak Atoll.
Rites and ceremonies -- Marshall Islands -- Enewetak Atoll.
Christmas -- Marshall Islands -- Enewetak Atoll.
Ethnopsychology -- Marshall Islands -- Enewetak Atoll.
Enewetak Atoll (Marshall Islands) -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0875802176 (acid-free paper)