Sorcerers of Dobu The Social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific - R.F. Fortune - 1st Edition 1932

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Sorcerers of Dobu The Social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific - R.F. Fortune - 1st Edition 1932

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Sorcerers of Dobu The Social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific

By Fortune, RF
1st Edition 1932 | New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.,

Very Good Hardcover copy. Illustrated with black and white photographs, maps, and charts. (Former owner’s name rubber stamped on the dust jacket front). While the book is in very good condition, the dust jacket has a few flaws worth noting: tape repairs to underside, piece missing from back panel, a few tears, edge wear, etc. The dust jacket has done a great job in keeping the book itself very clean.

Fortune presents a first-hand picture of the social dynamics of a Melanesian tribe. It provides an intimate study of the effect of sorcery upon the private lives of a primitive people. The Dobuans, although they live within a hundred miles of the lighthearted Trobrianders, live a life of fear. The darkness, the possession of property, food from another’s hand - all are pregnant with danger. The author shows how this suspicion and fear between man and man influences the personalities of the Dobuans, produces false faces of friendliness, and handicaps marriage, so that those who wish to retain husbands or wives are often driven to attempt suicide. Every woman believes her husband is a sorcerer and every husband believes his wife is a witch. Fortune lived for many months with the Dobuans, spoke their language, was given a house-site, the name of a dead man, and membership in a clan. He was initiated into both black and white magical arts by the chief magician of the village. He became so conversant with the language and customs of this primitive people that he was once taken for a Dobuan spirit returned from the dead.

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