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List of Illustrations Preface About the Contributors Dream Travels and Anthropology; R.I.Lohmann Dreaming and the Defeat of Charisma; J.Robbins Dreaming and Ghosts Among the Hagen and Duna of the Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea; P.J.Stewart & A.J.Strathern Dreamscapes: Transcending the Local in Initiation Rites among the Ngaing of Papua New Guinea; W.Kempe & E.Hermann Ambrymese Dreams and the Mardu Dreaming; R.Tonkinson 'This is good country. We are good dreamers': Dreams and Dreaming in the Australian Western Desert; S.Poirier Dreams, Agency, and Traditional Authority in Northeast Arnhem Land; I.Keen Tiwi Island Dreams; J.C.Goodale The Cultural and Intersubjective Context of Dream Remembrance and Reporting: Dreams, Aging, and the Anthropological Encounter in Toraja, Indonesia; D.Hollan Supernatural Encounters of the Asabano in Two Traditions and Three States of Consciousness; R.I.Lohmann Beyond the Mythologies: A Shape of Dreaming; W.Kracke

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ROGER IVAR LOHMANN teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada.

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JANE C. GOODALE Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA ELFRIEDE HERMANN Research Fellow of the Institute of Ethnology, University of Goettingen, Germany DOUGLAS HOLLAN Professor of Anthropology and Luckman Distinguished Teacher at University of California, Los Angeles, Senior Instructor at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, USA IAN KEEN Reader in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, Australia WOLFGANG KEMPE Research Fellow of the Institute of Ethnology, University of Goettingen, Germany WAUD KRACKE Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Chicago, USA ROGER IVAR LOHMANN Instructor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Canada SYLVIE POIRIER Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at Universite Laval , Canada JOEL ROBBINS Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, USA PAMELA J. STEWART Research Associate in the Departments of Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, USA ANDREW J. STRATHERN Mellon Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA ROBERT TONKINSON Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia


"Dream Travelers is a fine contribution to the current renewed interest in the study of dreams. The volume presents the research of a diverse group of distinguished anthropologists, all with experience in the rapidly changing societies of the Western Pacific.They show how these transformations are strikingly reflected in the dream life as well as the waking life of individuals.There are new data and new ideas here. They will prove influential in the broader study of dreams and consciousness." - Erika Bourguignon, Professor Emerita, Ohio State University

"My lasting impression following reading this fine collection of anthropological essays is of the dream as an alternative mode of cognition - as an important means of apprehending the world and engaging with others. Based on original fieldwork, each essay contributes rich ethnographic data to reveal the interaction between the apparently private inner realm of dreams, and shared, cultural phantasy systems. Lived culture emerges from this dynamic interplay. For all those with a serious interest in dreams, this book a 'must'. Furthermore, if there still remain any social or cultural anthropologists who feel that dreaming is a topic better left to the psychoanalyst, or dismissed entirely, this important collection will surely convince them otherwise." - Michele Stephen, Associate Professor of History, La Trobe University, Australia

"Returning to one of the foundational problems in anthropology, the authors of Dream Travelers explore the cultural significance of dreaming in a fascinating journey through Melanesia, aboriginal Australia and Indonesia. Powerfully evocative, the chapters are a pleasure to read in their own right while the collection as a whole propels our understanding of dreams in important new directions. Dream Travelers makes significant contributions to comparative ethnography, the anthropology of religion and the psychology of dreaming." - John Barker, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of British Columbia"A fascinating work on dreams and religion in the Western Pacific." - Mary N. McDonald, Le Moyne College

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