Antropologie del fuoco. Dalle teorie armchair alle verifiche sul campo

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[automatically translated] Abstract. English and Italian Cross-cultural recurrence of fire symbolism with its apparent ambiguity, its multifarious patterns related to Both myth and ritual, its evident relationship with other symbolic complexes (astral, axial, etc.) Has Been investigated by anthropologists, cultural and religious historians and psychoanalysts, producing a vast literature. In this essay we trace the essential outlines of These studies and try to Provide The Reasons of the affirmation and persistence of this symbol Firstly based on experience. Further we suggest to approach the study of symbols (in its various manifestations) as constitutive elements of complex semantic systems subject to a continuous process of re-functionalisation and re-semantisation secondo the historical background. This approach requires a permanent interaction between the ethno-anthropological level of interpretation and the ethnographic practice based on observation of specific contextual realities. The cross-cultural celebration of the symbolism of fire because of its apparent ambiguity, its multiple joints and mythic-cultic rituals, its obvious relations with other complex symbolic (astral, axial, etc.), Has been the subject of research and analysis to part of etnoantropologi, cultural historians, religious historians, psychoanalysts, giving rise to a large literature. In the essay will trace the broad outlines of these studies, they try to make the affirmation and reasons for the persistence of this symbol, considered primarily experiential nature and earlier Paleolithic, and suggests the need to approach the study of the symbols (in their iconic joints, worship, mythical-ritual) as constituent elements of complex sign systems undergo a continuous process of new functions and new semantics in the changing historical conditions. This approach requires a continuous interaction between the level of ethno-anthropological interpretation and ethnographic context based on the observation of the individual companies.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)898-926
Number of pages29
JournalHUMANITAS
Volumea. LXVIII, n. 5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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