Re: mutilation and ritual

Ronald Kephart (rkephart@OSPREY.UNF.EDU)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 11:39:11 -0400

In message <> writes:

> Wow, Mike. I though I had mentioned that I had been conducting research on
> this topic for over ten years, had a book contract, did my MA thesis on it
> and was excited that for once, anthropologists were willing to discuss this
> as a Serious Stuff. I assume there are many people on this list who feel as
> you do, and they have chosen not to particpate in the discussion, but did not
> insult those of us who do consider what we are discussing as thinking. I
> think your post is insulting and extremely narrow minded. This too is meant
> as an observation and not an attack.


This is definitely Serious Stuff. Speaking for myself, my lack of participation
(until now!) in this thread says nothing about the Seriousness thereof. Any
symbolic behavior on the part of humans is worthy of anthropological study.

Ronald Kephart
Dept of Language & Literature
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, FL USA 32224-2645
Phone: (904) 646-2580