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Poetry and Thinking of the Chagga
Contributions to East African Ethnology
ISBN: HB: 9781909930445,
Bruno Gutmann (1876-1966) was a German Lutheran missionary. In 1902 he went to Chaggaland on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Deutsch-Ostafrika (now Tanzania) and stayed with brief interruptions for 36 years. Owing to his "intensive involvement with...
Echoes of Valhalla
The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas
ISBN: HB: 9781780237152,
13.8x21.6 cm, 50 illus.
Tolkien's wizard Gandalf, Wagner's Valkyrie Brunnhilde, Marvel's superhero the Mighty Thor and the Vikings heading for Valhalla in Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song': these are just a few examples of how Icelandic medieval literature has shaped the huma...
The Social Bond in Iceland and Norway, c. 900-1300
"To a faithful friend, straight are the roads and short" – Odin, from the Havamal (c. 1000)
Friendship was the most important social bond in Iceland and Norway during the Viking Age and the early Middle Ages. Far more significantly than kinship ties...
Numbers and the Making of Us
Counting and the Course of Human Cultures
Carved into our past, woven into our present, numbers shape our perceptions of the world and of ourselves much more than we commonly think. "Numbers and the Making of Us" is a sweeping account of how numbers radically enhanced our species' cognitive...
Crying for Our Elders
African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has defined the childhoods of an entire generation. Over the past twenty years, international NGOs and charities have devoted immense attention to the millions of African children orphaned by the disease. But in "Cryin...
Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits
Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture
Who owns the past and the objects that physically connect us to history And who has the right to decide this ownership, particularly when the objects are sacred or, in the case of skeletal remains, human Is it the museums that care for the objects or...
How Life Got Made
In the final years of the twentieth century, emigres from engineering and computer science devoted themselves to biology and resolved that if the aim of biology is to understand life, then making life would yield better theories than experimentation....
What Is an Event?
ISBN: PB: 9780226439785,
ISBN: HB: 9780226439648,
University of Chicago Press
15.2x22.9 cm, 14 colour plates, 1 halftone
We live in a world of breaking news, where at almost any moment our everyday routine can be interrupted by a faraway event. Events are central to the way that individuals and societies experience life. Even life's inevitable moments – birth, death, l...
Social Lives of Figurines
Recontextializing the Third-Millennium-BC Terracotta Figurines from Harappa
ISBN: HB: 9780873652155,
Harvard University Press
19.5x27 cm, 789 halftones, 10 line illus., 3 maps, 13 tables
After more than eighty years of international research on the Indus Civilization, this geographically extensive ancient society remains deeply enigmatic. With no known monumental art or deciphered texts, the largest category of representational art r...
Classic Concepts in Anthropology
The late anthropologist Valerio Valeri (1944-1998) was best known for his substantial writings on societies of Polynesia and eastern Indonesia. This volume, however, presents a lesser-known side of Valeri's genius through a dazzlingly erudite set of...