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... Dotyczy ona nie tyle równych sobie, symetrycznych pozycji, co pozycji gruntownie nierównych, asymetrycznych (o "strukturach" myśli amazońskich zob. Lévi-Strauss 1994. Otóż sam akt konsumpcji żywego bytu lub transfuzji odwraca pozycje -szaman, który był "robakiem", staje się kolejnym "właścicielem" pozostałości oryginalnego "właściciela" wiedzy. ...
... pkt 6). Robak jest figurą przemieszczającą się przez "tuby" i "pojemniki" oraz pomiędzy nimi (Lévi-Strauss 1988;Chaumeil 2001). "Inna strona" okazuje się bowiem zawsze "wnętrzem" innego bytu, czasoprzestrzeni (np. ...
... W tym przypadku topologicznym problemem "butelki Kleina"(por. Lévi-Strauss 1988;Gow 1999), w której istnieje idealna ciągłość powierzchni zewnętrznych i wewnętrznych, nie jest sama statyczna konstrukcja powierzchni. Chodzi tu o akty i procesy tworzące rozdzielenie i przenikalność między zewnętrznością i wewnętrznością. ...
... This relates to what I see as three basic limitations to the way myself and others have dealt with tubes so far. The first is a tendency to restrict the relevant field of enquiry by focus on a relatively narrow range of objectclusters: pots and blowpipes (Lévi-Strauss 1988); wind instruments, bones and snuffing tubes (Hill & Wright cited above); wind instruments (Hill & Chaumeil 2015); smoking and snuffing apparatus (Russell & Rahman 2015); the maloca and feather box (Hugh-Jones 1995;; or canoes, beer troughs and slit gongs (Hugh-Jones in press). This leaves out a number of other equally relevant tubular objects and also can tend to push discussion more in the direction of these objects rather than on concepts. ...
... This applies as much to the making of artefacts as it does to hunting, fish, chanting, singing and dancing or to the processes involved in the procreation and the fabrication of whole persons-infants, children and adolescents. Lévi-Strauss (1988) may well be right to highlight the analogical contradiction between making pots (closed tubes) and menstruation (open tube) but the same seclusion, dieting and other restrictions apply with equal force when men make baskets (porous tubes) and, even more so when they make feather ornaments, an activity compared to menstruation. They also apply in respect to so many other productive activities that the common denominator involved cannot be any simple analogical relation between personal condition and product. ...
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Los flujos a través de formas tubulares en el cuerpo, en la cultura material y en el medio natura juegan un papel clave en el pensamiento de los pueblos indígenas del noroeste amazónico. Usando ejemplos de la vida cotidiana, la mitología y el ritual, este artículo examina el tubo como un concepto abstracto que une fisiología, sicología y procesos productivos con aspectos sociológicos y cosmológicos más amplios. Las manifestaciones materiales, visuales y acústicas del flujo tubular ("cabello") también plantean los asuntos de sinestesia y nociones fractales de totalización/destotalización. Siendo los tubos equivalentes a la vida misma, la atención ritual se enfoca en regular las aperturas corporales y de otros tipos para asegurar un flujo balanceado y bien temperado. El artículo concluye sugiriendo que la elaboración cultural de tubos y sinestesia en el noroeste amazónico puede estar relacionada con los rasgos lineales exogámicos de la estructura social característica de la región.
... As Lévi-Strauss (1988) and others have noted, in many cases pots were the fi rst artifacts to be produced through the transformation-rather than mere modifi cation-of raw materials. Pottery production, which entails the irreversible transformation of raw clay, commonly serves as a metaphor for the process of enculturation through which humans are transformed from a natural to a cultural state (David et al. 1988:365), while mythic traditions from many parts of the world refer to the fashioning of humans from clay (e.g., Barley 1994;Lévi-Strauss 1988). ...
... The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss argues that the characteristic mode of mythical thought is analogical. By correlating one set of irreconcilable terms with another it achieves its explanatory power (Levi-Strauss, 1996). In the mythos of modernity secularization appears as a given. ...
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