Stock ID #149636 The Work of the Gods in Tikopia. RAYMOND FIRTH.

The Work of the Gods in Tikopia.

Melbourne. Melbourne University Press. 1967. Second edition revised. Stock ID #149636

Maps, black and white photographic illustrations, viii + 492pp, bibliography, index, very good in little worn dustjacket with sunned spine.

First published in 1939 and long out of print, this book remains unique as the only full and detailed account by a social anthropologist of a complete pagan Polynesian ritual cycle. This new single-volume edition omits some of the Tikopia vernacular texts, but includes a new theoretical introduction; postscripts have also been supplied to some of the chapters comparing the performances of 1928-9 with those witnessed by Professor First on his second visit to Tikopia in 1952. There is a specially written Epilogue on the final eclipse of the traditional ritual, based on a third visit by the author during the summer of 1966.

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