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Seeing, hearing and speaking: morality and sense among the Panará in Central Brazil

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Based on the ethnographic example of the Panará, a Gê-group in central Brazil, this paper examines the significance of vision and visibility. For Gê-speaking groups it has been suggested that while hearing and speaking are socially privileged faculties, contributing to the mature status of an individual, seeing has been considered to be an anti-social faculty and is largely associated with the exercise of negative mystical power. While not wishing to deny the appropriateness of this associati...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/00141840802563949

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Linacre College
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Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
Ethnos Journal website
Volume:
73
Issue:
4
Pages:
505-522
Publication date:
2008-12-01
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EISSN:
1469-588X
ISSN:
0014-1844
Language:
English
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Local pid:
ora:3062
Deposit date:
2009-11-12

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