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By James F. Weiner

For the Foi those that survive the sting of the imperative highlands of Papua New Guinea, the move of pearl shells is the "heart" in their social lifestyles. The pearl shell is the alternate merchandise that mediates the construction in their most crucial sexual and social roles. The center of the Pearl Shell analyzes a couple of myths of the Foi humans, elegantly bringing jointly major ethnographic fabrics in a fashion that has vital implications for the advance of social idea in anthropology and in Melanesian experiences. students of semiotic-symbolic anthropology and of comparative faith also will proportion the author's curiosity within the that means and function of mythology in Foi culture.

Instead of hoping on orthodox equipment of Freudian or structuralist interpretation, James Weiner assumes there's a dialectical dating among the photographs of Foi delusion and the photographs of the Foi's social international. He demonstrates how each one set of those photos depends upon the opposite for its construction. This cutting edge learn locates Foi social that means within the new edition and tried resolution of the ethical dilemmas which are crystallized in mythology and different poetic usages.

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