Boyhood Rituals in Africa-Cloth


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This is an anthropological study of boyhood in a group of related Igbo villages called Afikpo, in souteastern Nigeria. About half of the book is taken up with the description and analysis of adolescent initiation rites, providing a close and detailed view of rituals that for the most part have only been touched upon in literature. The work makes use of psychoanalytic theory, with a logic that is grounded in data, blended with traditional cultural anthropological analysis. Ottenberg's understanding of the dynamics of the ...

Boyhood Rituals in Africa-Cloth 1989, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295965758