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Towards a new war between the Frelimo government and Renamo rebels? In order to demonstrate the statement above I will now carry out a detailed content analysis of each element in the painting in the frame and then the whole picture in order to show how deeply rooted in power relations the image in analysis can be.

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I argue that while this image was given as present to symbolize friendship between the artist, the country and the president it can also trigger debates about colonial imaginaries, and environmental concerns issues that might or not be linked to the intentions of the author. This image is relevant because it bridges many concerns in Ecocriticism studies. It encapsulates nature, colonialism and contact between different people and cosmologies.

Imbondeiros are a type of three which are vert characteristic in Southern African dry and wet savannahs. In some countries in Angola they are also found in forests or coastal areas. They usually live for million years. In most parts of the African continent this tree is source of vitamins and minerals but also shade and spiritual, magical, religious and cosmological significance. The Imbondeiro that dreamed with birds. Below are some extracts from this story that highlight the magical, religious and cosmological dimensions of imbondeiros in native cosmologies […] Did you go to his house?

But does this vagabond have a house? His residence must be an Imbondeiro, the empty whole of its trunk. Tiago told them: that tree is very sacred, God planted it with the head upside down. That flower is the house of spirits.

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He who harms the imbondeiro would be haunted for the rest of his life Translated by Rodney Needham. Merlin Press. London at 89 12Couto, Mia.


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Editorial Caminho. Lisbon 13 […] Foste a casa dele? Mas esse vagabundo tem casa? In Mozambique the landscapes are so varied that imbondeiros are just one among many other characteristic flora and fauna with symbolic significance. We should bear in mind that the frame that was offered to the president of Portugal will travel both virtually, as the image I am analysing, and physically, like the gift when the president travels back home and different people will be in contact with it and through it in contact with a specific produced Mozambican nature.

E lembrou a lenda. The wood chair in which the president is portrayed sitting represents a symbol of power in most African contexts, specifically in Mozambique. The chair represents the throne, like you can see in the images below. The fly whisk is usually used by individuals who do not only possess political but also religious and magical powers. These objects are carved out of wood and the colourful patters seen are made of beads that are placed to cover the wood.

These colourful handles of fly whisk are common in Africa.

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These healers usually they perform a ritual called kufemba that can be translated into feel, detect or smell spirits. When a problem is detected the spirit stake possession of the healer and though them they speak. For more read Granjo, paulo.

Saud soc. You can see on the statue below that the fly whisk is hanged on his right hand and he is seated on a throne. These peculiarities might of course not travel with the picture. Probably my understanding of the object the president is holding is equally shaped by my familiarity with this local religious and magical cosmology.

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  • About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it. See our disclaimer. The Enigma of the Gift When we think of giving gifts, we think of exchanging objects that carry with them economic or symbolic value. But is every valuable thing a potentially exchangeable item, whose value can be transferred? In The Enigma of the Gift , the distinguished French anthropologist Maurice Godelier reassesses the significance of gifts in social life by focusing on sacred objects, which are never exchanged despite the value they possess.

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    By explaining gift-giving in terms of sacred objects and the authoritative conferral of power associated with them, Godelier challenges both recent and traditional theories of gift-giving, provocatively refreshing a traditional debate. Maria rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Max rated it really liked it Mar 26, Gerry rated it really liked it Jan 20, Jorge Rocha rated it liked it Jan 11, James rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Jodi rated it liked it Nov 25, Linus Vieira rated it really liked it Dec 09, John rated it really liked it Mar 25, Jordan rated it really liked it Dec 13, Mnemna rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Giuge rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Pete rated it liked it Jan 05, Tim rated it liked it Mar 16, Francesco Culcasi rated it really liked it Jul 10, Colin rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Paul rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Michael rated it it was amazing Oct 20, B James rated it liked it Feb 18, Jessica rated it liked it Apr 04, Mwouette rated it really liked it Apr 18, Megan Ayers rated it liked it Apr 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

    About Maurice Godelier. Maurice Godelier. One of the most influential names in French anthropology.

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