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La production de sens et la notion de " lieu "dans les pratiques des yuta Archipel de Miyako, Okinawa, Japon .

Abstract : Based on several field works in the Miyako archipelago and on historical data from the Early modern period, this paper analyzes the "psycho-cognitive" competence of the yuta (usually described as a shaman) in the construction of symbolic representations. The notion of "place" is the key concept of the analysis. It seems to constitute one of the major cognitive tools enabling to grasp the phenomenon of possession both as an internal experience and as a constructed performance. It is also the notion of "place" that serves as a link associating spirit possession, narratives creation and different practices of divination. The "place" concept is related to a simplified version of the Chinese calendar acculturated to a vernacular vision of the space/time relationship, and contributes to the codification of shamanistic practices (like "the journey") or other spirit possession experiences (like illnesses) in a set of schemata. These schemata determine the form of many collective rituals as well as the ritual roles of many of the village officiants (mostly females) who do not have the talent or the status of a yuta.
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Simone Mauclaire. La production de sens et la notion de " lieu "dans les pratiques des yuta Archipel de Miyako, Okinawa, Japon .. 2012. ⟨hal-00756938⟩

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