FAH/PHIL Guest Lecture – “Imagination transformed? Reflections on the Daba rituals among the Na (Moso)” by Prof. Chen Jin, Tonji University, China


Speaker:

Prof. Chen Jin, Tonji University, China

Date:

14 Dec 2017

Time:

13:30 - 14:30

Venue:

E21-1018

Description:

Abstract:

If we consider imagination, as Carlos Severi puts it, as ‘projection that is oriented by ritual action’ (Severi 2007), then the imagery in the Daba rituals embodies actually a cognitive ‘niche’ which is full of visual, sound, and gesture elements, serving as fundaments of both mnemonics and imagination of the Na people. My central argument is that the key to understand their ritual action is the enunciation of the Daba during ritual processes, which allows not only to transmit knowledge, but also to perceive and transform ontological relations such as those among spirits, animals, gods and humans.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768
Email: fah.philosophy@um.edu.mo