Bayaka elephant hunting in congo: the importance of ritual and technique

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dc.contributor.author Lewis, Jerome
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-14T04:55:16Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-14T04:55:16Z
dc.date.issued 2021-04-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10900/114207
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-55582
dc.identifier.uri http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-1142075 de_DE
dc.description.abstract This chapter offers preliminary observations of Mbendjele BaYaka hunter-gatherer elephant hunt- ing in the Republic of Congo. Elephant hunting has a long history in this region and the BaYaka tradition described here appears to be part of this. Elephants pose real danger to humans and killing one with a spear is daunting. Hunters take signifi- cant risks to approach and kill these huge animals, and this may partially account for the importance of rituals associated with elephant hunting. The success of elephant hunting crucially depends on women’s ritual work in catching the elephant first and pressurizing the men to go out for it. The women’s rituals also remove the potential for status accumulation by elephant hunters by attributing their success to women. Traditional techniques for killing elephants and how they are learned through games and multimodal storytelling styles are de- scribed. The role of a ritual association for elephant hunters to learn to read elephant behavior and to share mystical and practical techniques for hunting elephants is presented. In the context of spearing elephants, daring to try may be as important as knowing how. de_DE
dc.description.sponsorship The symposium and the volume "Human-elephant interactions: from past to present" were funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. de_DE
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.relation.ispartofseries Tuebingen Paleoanthropology Book Series – Contributions in Paleoanthropology;1
dc.subject.other Congo elephant hunters de_DE
dc.subject.other spear hunting techniques de_DE
dc.subject.other gender relations ritual de_DE
dc.subject.other economics de_DE
dc.subject.other politics de_DE
dc.title Bayaka elephant hunting in congo: the importance of ritual and technique de_DE
dc.type Buch (einzelnes Kapitel) de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet Tuebingen Paleoanthropology Book Series – Contributions in Paleoanthropology Band 1: Human-elephant interactions: from past to present de_DE
utue.publikation.source Tuebingen Paleoanthropology Book Series – Contributions in Paleoanthropology Band 1: Human-elephant interactions: from past to present de_DE
utue.publikation.noppn yes de_DE

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