Animals in San Dance and Play: Between Mimesis and Metamorphosis

  • Mathias Guenther


Ludic dances are the topic of Chap.  5; its central focus is on how mimicry of animals, the dances’ principal theme, enacted at times with dramatic histrionics and complex and realistic choreography, that includes animal vocalizations and the use of animal paraphernalia, especially animal skins, that heighten the realism, may evoke ontological identity stirrings in the dancer, akin to transformation. Because of the elaborate employment of animal mimicry by story tellers, by both voice and bodily gestures, storytelling, especially its performative aspect, is also dealt with in the chapter.


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  • Mathias Guenther
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWilfrid Laurier UniversityOntarioCanada

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