Rank, Ritual, and Power

Lynn H. Gamble

in The Chumash World at European Contact

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942684 | DOI:
Rank, Ritual, and Power

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This chapter studies the ethnographic, archaeological, and ethnohistoric sources of information in order to address the nature of political power among the Chumash Indians. It shows how mortuary practices became one of the best indicators of differentiation of rank in Chumash society and the roles of gender in the exercise of religious and political power. Finally, the manifestations of power within Chumash society are examined.

Keywords: political power; Chumash Indians; mortuary practices; rank; roles of gender; religious power; manifestations of power

Chapter.  11861 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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