Book

Space-time of the Bororo of Brazil

University Press of FloridaGainesville, Fla. • Published In 1992 • Pages:

By: Fabian, Stephen Michael.

Abstract
The focus of this book is Bororo ethno-astronomy and calendrical knowledge as they are expressed in social and spatial organization and in myth and ritual. The first two chapters present the text and subsequent analysis of a Bororo myth dealing with the culture hero Toribugu. Fabian believes that this myth gives a meaningful view of the Bororo by the Bororo themselves. Chapters three to five provide an orientation to Bororo concepts of space and time, while chapter six discusses the Sun and Moon as mythical heroes and celestial bodies of great importance to the Bororo and through whom space and time merge. Chapter seven deals with Bororo beliefs about the stars as a paradigm of order. Other significant celestial phenomena are described in chapter eight and in a detailed table in Appendix A. Chapter eight also further develops certain theories concerning Bororo time concepts. The final chapters of this work discuss the role of the village in the relationship of space, time, nature and society, in which the inherent integration of structural and processual elements of Bororo society and culture is made evident (p. 15).
Subjects
Literary texts
Moieties
Mythology
Ordering of time
Ethnometeorology
Puberty and initiation
culture
Bororo
HRAF PubDate
1996
Region
South America
Sub Region
Eastern South America
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-5
Analyst
John Beierle ; 1994
Coverage Date
ca. 1983
Coverage Place
Garçukas village, Mato Grosso, Brazil (p. 9)
Notes
Stephen Michael Fabian
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-245) and index
LCCN
91023287
LCSH
Bororo Indians