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The Spirited Earth Hardcover – October 15, 1990


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (October 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847811670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847811670
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 11.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,262,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ginn, a New Zealander who spent three years traveling through the regions covered here, depicts in photographs and explains in brief captions dance traditions in her own country, Australia, the Solomon Islands, India, Burma, Thailand, Nepal and Indonesia. We see storytelling dances ranging from the literal to the symbolic, the secular to the religious; many rituals, we're told, are kept vividly alive despite modernization. Through 160 color photos, the reader witnesses startling facial and bodily expressions; dancers portraying deities, heroes and animals; the use of elaborate masks, weapons and other objects in story interpretation. In her exquisite book, Ginn shows the diversity of the societies she visited while revealing their shared interest in preserving their traditional cultures.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By MichaelG on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Truly a very interesting book! I couldn't find much information on it at the time of purchase nor could I really make out the figure on the cover, but the price was great at under $4 with shipping. In a sense, the title sums up the book best, as the volume examines "dance, myth and ritual" (focusing on ritual/worship through the medium of dance, as well as rituals unique to particular ethnic groups) "from South Asia to the South Pacific" (focusing on India: image on cover is from Tamil Nadu; Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania). The book is an over-size hardcover printed on fine, thick paper; found text to be highly very informative on a subject I knew little about. Great addition to any library for the price; perfect for lovers of photography (truly one of a kind images), could make a very interesting coffee table book as well!!
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