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Human-Animal Relationships in San and Hunter-Gatherer Cosmology, Volume I

Therianthropes and Transformation

Authors: Guenther, Mathias

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  • Applies the New Animist paradigm developed after Anthropology’s ontological turn to African hunter-gatherer societies
  • Brings together considerable fieldwork with historical and interdisciplinary Khoisan Studies framework to explore experiential, cultural, and psychological dimensions of transformation
  • Particularly considers art, rituals experienced by both males and females, trance and ludic dance, and hunting
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Exploring a hitherto unexamined aspect of San cosmology, Mathias Guenther’s two volumes on human-animal relations in San cosmology link “new Animism” with Khoisan Studies, providing valuable insights for Khoisan Studies and San culture, but also for anthropological theory, relational ontology, folklorists, historians, literary critics and art historians.

In Volume I, therianthropes and transformations, two manifestations of ontological mutability that are conceptually and phenomenologically linked, are contextualized in broader San myth. Guenther explores the pervasiveness of human-animal hybridity and transformation in San expressive culture (myth, stories and storytelling, ludic dancing and art, ancestral rock art and contemporary easel art), ritual (trance dance curing, female and male rites of passage) and hunting. Transformation is shown to be experienced by humans, particularly via rituals and dancing that evoke animal identity mergers, but also by hunters who may engage with their prey animals in terms of sympathy and inter-subjectivity, particularly through the use of “hunting medicines.”

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Mathias Guenther is Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He is the author of over 100 journal articles and six books, including Tricksters and Tracers: Bushman Religion and Society (1999).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human-Animal Relationships in San and Hunter-Gatherer Cosmology, Volume I
Book Subtitle
Therianthropes and Transformation
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21182-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21182-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21181-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 302
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
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