Human-Animal Relationships in San and Hunter-Gatherer Cosmology, Volume II

Imagining and Experiencing Ontological Mutability

Authors: Guenther, Mathias

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  • Applies the New Animist paradigm developed after Anthropology’s ontological turn to African hunter-gatherer societies
  • Explores the theoretical and phenomenological issues raised by ontological mutability and ambiguity
  • Reveals potential pitfalls in New Animism, particularly to do with an overly dogmatic interpretation of the post-humanist ontological turn in Anthropology
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Exploring a hitherto unexamined aspect of San cosmology, Mathias Guenther’s two volumes on human-animal relations in San cosmology link “new Animism” with Khoisan Studies, providing valuable insights for Khoisan Studies and San culture, but also for anthropological theory, relational ontology, folklorists, historians, literary critics and art historians.

Building from the examinations of San myth and contemporary culture in Volume I, Volume II considers the experiential implications of a cosmology in which ontological mutability—ambiguity and inconstancy—hold sway. As he considers how people experience ontological mutability and deal with profound identity issues mentally and affectively, Guenther explores three primary areas: general receptiveness to ontological ambiguity; the impact of the experience of transformation (both virtual/vicarious and actual/direct); and the intersection of the mythic, spirit world with reality. Through a comparative consideration of animistic cosmology amongst the San, Bantu-speakers and the Inuit of Canada’s eastern Arctic, alongside a discussion of animistic currents in Western humanities and ethology, Guenther clearly paints the relative strengths and weaknesses of New Animism discourse, particularly in relation to San ontology and cosmology, but with overarching relevance.

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Mathias Guenther is Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He is the author of over 100 journal articles and six books, including Tricksters and Tracers: Bushman Religion and Society (1999).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Human-Animal Relationships in San and Hunter-Gatherer Cosmology, Volume II
Book Subtitle
Imagining and Experiencing Ontological Mutability
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21186-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21186-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21185-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 210
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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