Personhood and Ritual Reinforcement of Balance

Kathryn Linn Geurts

in Culture and the Senses

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936546 | DOI:
Personhood and Ritual Reinforcement of Balance

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This chapter discusses the implications of several kinds of performative and cultural elaborations of balance, mostly focusing on the way that balance is ideologically reinforced through embodied practices and sensory engagement in a certain (Anlo) cultural context. It includes an account of two community rituals that are aimed at health and reconciliation.

Keywords: balance; performative elaborations; cultural elaborations; embodied practices; sensory engagement; cultural context; community rituals; reconciliation; health

Chapter.  9436 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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