Earth Shakers of Madagascar, The
by Woolley (9780826457509)

Earth Shakers of Madagascar, The
 
Woolley
Release Date: 01 Dec 2001
Format: Hardback
Category: Anthropology
ISBN: 9780826457509
ISBN-10: 0826457509



So great is the perceived need to access super-human sources of fertility that local leaders are forced by their people to sacrifice themselves in order to harness the life-giving and animating force of creation. Leaders attempt to recreate in human terms creation's most potent and productive reaction: the violent and elemental combination of earth and water that takes place in the flooded rice paddies prior to sowing. This complex ritual of mimicry helps explain the unique and curious relationship between rulers and ruled in the region, and also allows us to understand how the inseparability of people, land and divinity informs a political system.

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