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Dono e vendetta nella Sardegna centrale. [Gift and Vendetta in Central Sardinia]

Zene, Cosimo (2005) 'Dono e vendetta nella Sardegna centrale. [Gift and Vendetta in Central Sardinia].' Lares, 71 (3). pp. 683-720.

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Abstract

This essay, part of a wider forthcoming publication, discusses the general principles and the underlying cosmology upon which gift-giving rests in central Sardinia. Gift-sending (imbiatu) is presented as a 'total social fact' reflecting the key role it plays in community life and the motivating force behind 'being and belonging'. If tradition (su commotu), including customary law - often in opposition to state law - has resulted in delivering the 'code of vendetta barbaricina', it has also stimulated a gift-giving system (imbiatu) which positively complemented the ethical but 'inconclusive' code of vendetta. This 'archaic' system is not necessarily anti-modern, anti-rational and pre-logic, as psychologists, psychiatrists and criminologists studying this area have tended to underline. On the contrary, the common tradition which supports both gift-sending and the code of vendetta accentuates the role of women as gift-givers who choose life over death and vendetta.

Item Type: Journal Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
ISSN: 00238503
Depositing User: Users 1566 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 09:29
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/4102

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