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- DescriptionYaktovil is an elaborate healing ceremony employed by Sinhalas in Sri Lanka to dispel the influence of a pantheon of malevolent, supernatural figures kwn as Yakku . Anthropology, traditionally, has articulated this ceremony with the concept metaphor of demonism . Yet, as David Scott demonstrates, this usage of demonism reveals more about the discourse of anthropology than it does about the ritual itself. Scott's investigation of Yaktovil and Yakku , within the Sinhala cosmology, is also an inquiry into the ways in which anthropology - by igring the discursive history of the rituals, religions, and relationships it seeks to describe - tends to reproduce ideological, often specifically colonial, objects. To do this, Scott describes the discursive apparatus through which Yakku are positioned in the moral universe of Sinhala, traces the appearance of Yakku and Yaktovil in Western discourse, evaluates the contribution of these figures and this ceremony in anthropology, and attempts to show how the larger anthropology of Buddhism - in which the anthropology of Yaktovil is embedded - might be reconfigured. Finally, he offers a re-reading of the ritual in terms of the historically self-conscious approach he proposes. The result points to a major rethinking of the historical nature of, t just the objects, but the concepts through which they are constructed in anthropological discourse.
- Author BiographyDavid Scott teaches in the department of anthropology at Columbia University.
- Author(s)David Scott
- PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Date of Publication31/03/1994
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationMinnesota
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Minnesota Press
- Out-of-print date25/02/2000
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight450 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
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