By Gananath Obeyesekere

ISBN-10: 0520243072

ISBN-13: 9780520243071

ISBN-10: 0520243080

ISBN-13: 9780520243088

during this radical reexamination of the concept of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere bargains a desirable and convincing argument that cannibalism is usually "cannibal talk," a discourse at the different engaged in by way of either indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that leads to occasionally humorous and infrequently lethal cultural misunderstandings. Turning his prepared intelligence to Polynesian societies within the early sessions of eu touch and colonization, Obeyesekere deconstructs Western eyewitness bills, rigorously studying their origins and treating them as a species of fiction writing and seamen's yarns. Cannibalism is much less a social or cultural truth than a mythic illustration of ecu writing that displays even more the realities of ecu societies and their fascination with the perform of cannibalism, he argues. And whereas very constrained different types of cannibalism may have happened in Polynesian societies, they have been mostly in reference to human sacrifice and performed through a choose neighborhood in well-defined sacramental rituals. Cannibal speak considers how the colonial intrusion produced a posh self-fulfilling prophecy wherein the fable of cannibalism turned a truth as natives now and again started to consume either Europeans and their very own enemies in acts of "conspicuous anthropophagy."

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