By Bronislaw Malinowski

The founding rfile of financial anthropology! Bronislaw Malinowski, one of many all-time nice anthropologists of the area, had a expertise for bringing jointly in unmarried comprehension the nice and cozy truth of human residing with the cool abstractions of technology. His pages became a virtually integral hyperlink among the realizing of unique and distant individuals with theoretical wisdom approximately humankind. This volume--originally released in 1922--can be thought of the founding record of financial anthropology, and continues to be the simplest one to learn. It emphasizes the nice value of primitive economics by means of singling out the striking alternate procedure of the Trobriand Islands for precise attention. even supposing the most topic is fiscal, consistent reference is made during this milestone of anthropological study and interpretation to social association, lifestyles and which means, the ability of magic, and to mythology and folklore.

identify of similar curiosity additionally on hand from Waveland Press: Malinowski, Magic, technological know-how and faith and different Essays (ISBN 9780881336573.

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As we continue, the slim straits develop, and we see on our correct a large flank of Mt. Sulomona’i on Normanby Island. On our left, there's a shallow bay, and at the back of it a wide, flat undeniable, stretching a ways into the inner of Fergusson Island, and over it, we glance into broad valleys, and directly to a number of far-off mountain levels. After one other flip, we input a massive bay, on each side bordered by means of a flat foreshore, and in the midst of it rises out of a girdle of tropical crops, the creased cone of an extinct volcano, the island of Dobu. we're now within the centre of a densely populated and ethnographically very important district. From this island, in olden days, fierce and bold cannibal and head-hunting expeditions have been periodically introduced, to the dread of the neighbouring tribes. The natives of the instantly surrounding districts, of the flat foreshore on each side of the straits, and of the large neighbouring islands have been allies. however the extra far away districts, frequently over 100 miles away via sail, by no means felt secure from the Dobuans. back, this was once, and nonetheless is, one of many major hyperlinks within the Kula, a centre of exchange, industries and common cultural impact. it's attribute of the foreign place of the Dobuans that their language is spoken as a lingua franca all around the d’Entrecasteaux Archipelago, within the Amphletts, and as some distance North because the Trobriands. within the Southern a part of those latter islands, nearly each person speaks Dobuan, even if in Dobu the language of the Trobriands or Kiriwinian is not often spoken through someone. this can be a impressive truth, which can't be simply defined when it comes to the current stipulations, because the Trobrianders, if something, are on the next point of cultural improvement than Dobuans, are extra various, and revel in an identical basic status. nine one other notable truth approximately Dobu and its district is that it truly is studded with spots of specified, mythological curiosity. Its captivating surroundings, of volcanic cones, of extensive, calm bays, and lagoons overhung by means of lofty, eco-friendly mountains, with the reef-riddled, island-strewn ocean at the North, has deep, mythical that means for the local. this is the land and sea the place the magically encouraged sailors and heroes of the dim previous played feats of bold and tool. As we sail from the doorway into Dawson Straits, via Dobu and the Amphletts to Boyowa, nearly each new configuration of the land which we cross is the scene of a few mythical take advantage of. right here the slim gorge has been damaged via by means of a magic canoe flying within the air. There the 2 rocks status within the sea are the petrified our bodies of 2 mythological heroes who have been stranded at this spot after a quarrel. right here back, a land-locked lagoon has been a port of shelter to a legendary group. except its legends, the surroundings sooner than us, effective because it is, derives nonetheless extra attraction from the data that it truly is, and has been a far off Eldorado, a land of promise and desire to iteration after new release of truly bold local sailors from the Northern islands. And long ago those lands and seas should have been the scene of migrations and fights, of tribal invasions, and of sluggish infiltrations of peoples and cultures.

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