Emerging From the Chrysalis: Rituals of Womens Initiation

Paperback | September 1, 1994

byBruce Lincoln

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Now reissued in an expanded edition, this unique book offers the first full-length treatment of women's initiation rites in five cultures. Asserting the critical importance of such rites in a world dominated by men, Lincoln shows that in these societies women's initiation involves not only atransformation of the self but also of the cosmos. Considering initiation rites among the Tiyyar of South India, the Navajo, the Tiv of West Africa, and the Tukuna of the Northwest Amazon, Lincoln argues that unlike men's rites, women's rites do not impart a change in hierarchical status, but rathera "cosmic" change which offers religious compensation for women's generally low socio-political status. Lincoln concludes with a brilliant reconstruction of ancient Greek initiation rites based on his original interpretation of the Demeter and Persephone myth. With a new chapter and bibliography,Emerging from the Chrysalis will be stimulating reading for those interested in ritual and its cultural impact.

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Now reissued in an expanded edition, this unique book offers the first full-length treatment of women's initiation rites in five cultures. Asserting the critical importance of such rites in a world dominated by men, Lincoln shows that in these societies women's initiation involves not only atransformation of the self but also of the co...

Bruce Lincoln is at University of Minnesota.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195069102

ISBN - 13:9780195069105

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Table of Contents

IntroductionTalikettukalyanam: The Marriage of OppositesKinaalda: Becoming the GoddessTiv Scarification: The Pattern of TimeFesta das Mocas Novas: The Cosmic TourThe Rape of PersephoneOn the Nature of Women's InitiationsAfterword: Rethinking Rituals of Women's InitiationNotesBibliographyIndex

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"Excellent structural analysis of women's initiation."--Carol Silverman, University of Oregon