Vaz da Silva, Francisco
Archeology of Intangible Heritage
Year of Publication: 2008
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 191 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0218-9 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.290 kg, 0.639 lbs
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It is remarkable how often we consider certain constructs in other peoples' worldview to be «myths», while in our own case we regard equally arbitrary assumptions as inherent to the nature of things. As every anthropologist knows, one's most cherished cultural assumptions tend to remain implicit; in other words, worldview is largely unconscious. This book explores the possibility of plumbing obscure aspects of one's own culture in order to assess what some might call (regarding other cultures) the mythic underpinnings of worldview. Seven explorations in folklore and ethnography exhume a conceptual heritage that still influences perception, albeit in unconscious ways. This archeology of intangible heritage provides the sort of break in intellectual routine that allows us to look anew at familiar things.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Francisco Vaz da Silva teaches anthropology and folklore at Instituto Superior das Ciências do Trabalho e da Empresa in Lisbon, where he also received his Ph.D. He has published papers on symbolic folklore and wondertales in professional journals in Europe and America. His publications include Metamorphosis: The Dynamics of Symbolism in European Fairy Tales (Peter Lang, 2002), and a forthcoming seven-volume Library of European Fairy Tales (in Portuguese).
International Folkloristics. Vol. 4
General Editor: Alan Dundes