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Record #139657:

Identity and myth: the case of the Orphan Boy / Selma van Londen.

Title: Identity and myth: the case of the Orphan Boy / Selma van Londen.
Author(s): Londen, Selma van.
Date: 1996.
In: Études Inuit = Inuit Studies. (1996.), Vol. 20(2) (1996)
Abstract: Seeks to show importance of myth as vehicle in construction of ideal identities in cultures. 'Myth' is here viewed not as reflection 'of' but reflection 'on' ethnographic reality. Gives comparative analysis of Orphan Boy myth variants concluding this myth complex in its experimentation with different identities transforms Orphan Boy from a being without proper or acceptable identity due to lack of relations, into person with real male identity. Myth is found across North America among Eskimo / Inuit.
Notes:

Études Inuit = Inuit Studies. Vol. 20(2) :55-76 (1996).

Keywords: 39 -- Ethnography: Eskimo.
291.13 -- Myths and mythology.
T -- Social anthropology and ethnography.
(*40) -- North American Arctic.
SPRI record no.: 139657

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