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Mixed MessagesCultural and Genetic Inheritance in the Constitution of Human Society$
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Robert A. Paul

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226240725

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226241050.001.0001

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Symbolic Reproduction and Reproductive Symbolism

Symbolic Reproduction and Reproductive Symbolism

(p.202) Eight Symbolic Reproduction and Reproductive Symbolism
Mixed Messages

Robert A. Paul

University of Chicago Press

There are other ways besides men’s societies for symbols to be reproduced, and for them to represent reproduction in imagery drawn from sexual reproduction. Various examples are examined, including Catholic rituals of baptism and godparenthood; the ideology of patrilineal descent as practiced in rural Turkey; Sherpa monasticism and reincarnation lamas; death configured as a form of birth, as among the Kwaio and the Bara; the ideology of male parturition among the Hua of PNG and elsewhere; the ritual birth of a baby enacted by men in the Hain ceremony of the Selk’nam; and reproduction by child purchase among the Egyptian Mamluks.

Keywords:   Baptism, Godparenthood, patrilineal ideology, rural Turkey, Sherpa monasticism, Kwaio; Bara, Hain Ritual, Selk’nam, Mamluks

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