Combat, Ritual, and Performance Anthropology of the Martial Arts

Combat, Ritual, and Performance Anthropology of the Martial Arts
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  • ISBN-13: 9780897897792
  • ISBN: 089789779X
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated


Jones, David E.


Presents a collection of readings which introduce the study of martial behaviors in a cross-cultural context. The subject matter ranges from a consideration of the warclub as weapon and status symbol among the chiefdoms of the American Southwest at the time of European contact to contemporary ritual warfare in the highlands of Bolivia. All over the world, warriors have left their mark on culture. Their codes of behavior become the basis of diplomacy, models of service, and courage in the protection of social institutions. "Chivalry" in the West arose from the codes of the noble knights and Bushido, (The Way of the Warrior), the "Bible" of the Samurai, still serves as the basis of etiquette in modern Japan. In practically every society myths and tales of culture heroes who are warriors are important in the enculturation and socialization of children. Martial arts, which are stylized behaviors displaying techniques related to those practiced on the battlefield, are considered here to be more about culture, art, and history than about fighting.Jones, David E. is the author of 'Combat, Ritual, and Performance Anthropology of the Martial Arts' with ISBN 9780897897792 and ISBN 089789779X.

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