The Cassowary's Revenge: The Life and Death of Masculinity in a New Guinea Society
by Donald Tuzin
Donald Tuzin first studied the New Guinea village of Ilahita in 1972. When he returned many years later, he arrived in the aftermath of a startling event: the village’s men voluntarily destroyed their secret cult that had allowed them to dominate women for generations. The cult’s collapse indicated nothing less than the death of masculinity, and Tuzin examines the labyrint...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published September 2nd 1997 by University Of Chicago Press
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I read this for my Anthropology of Witchcraft and Religion class. Though Tuzin's account of the villager's transformation is fascinating, and though his language can be rich and lyrical sometimes, I couldn't help getting bogged down in the heavy analysis of ethnographic patterns and statistical information. The mythological study was the best part. Overall, not a bad book to be forced to read, though I'm not really wired for science writing, anyway...