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The mystic 'it' and the centre of culture : an ethnographic experience with a women's drumming circle

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The mystic 'it' and the centre of culture : an ethnographic experience with a women's drumming circle

Offen, Robert (1998) The mystic 'it' and the centre of culture : an ethnographic experience with a women's drumming circle. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is an ethnographic exploration of a women's drumming circle in Southwestern Ontario. The focus of the paper is to act as a conduit to open up a communication link between the women and their conceptions and perceptions of the multicultural construction of their ritual group; and a detailed reading of a few academic texts that are representative of the dominant discourse in their respective branches of the study of anthropology. The emphasis of the paper is on points of convergence and difference between academic theory and the ritual practice of the drumming group with the goal of opening avenues of research in the concrete reality of the imagination. Some of the issues that are to be developed are a working definition of the spiritual essence--the mystic 'it'--of culture; the structuring of the women's ritual around a feminine energy spirit and the organizing principle of consensus; as well as an examination of individuality and the process of group formation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Offen, Robert
Pagination:iii, 82 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Legros, P
ID Code:489
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:12
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:14
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