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A Musical View of the Universe

A Musical View of the Universe
Kalapalo Myth and Ritual Performances

Ellen B. Basso

368 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 1985 | ISBN 9780812279313 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2017 | ISBN 9781512819656 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

A Musical View of the Universe is a study of the relationships between spoken myth and musical ritual in a native Brazilian community, the Carib-speaking Kalpalo of the Upper Xingu Basin. The book focuses on the meanings created and expressed through performance of artistic processes in which sound symbols provide a unifying interpretive matrix. Through sound symbols, Kalpalo ideas about types of beings, their relationships, and activities of mind are conceived, represented, and rendered apparent.

The book includes the first collection of South American Indian narratives translated directly from the original language from taped performances. Ellen B. Basso's translations take into account the interaction among participants in the storytelling situation and the qualities of narrative performance that result.

Ellen B. Basso is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

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