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Title:The heart as locus of social concern among the Bashada
Author:Possionier, NicoleISNI
Year:2002
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies (ISSN 0304-2243)
Volume:35
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:61-80
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:personality
social relations
Hamar
body
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Hamar (African people)
Emotions
Thought and thinking
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41966135
Abstract:Feeling, reason, worry, concerned thought, affection and responsibility are strongly interwoven in the conception of the Bashada. The main locus where feelings and thinking are thought to be formed is the heart, although some other parts of the body may also be connected with these processes. Just as the ability to think and to reason has to develop in a child, the heart, too, must develop and grow to carry responsibility. Different hearts may have different qualities, which stand for the different ways of thinking and behaving of people. Some of these qualities are ascribed to people in their different life stages or to the sexes and in this way the concept of the heart may lay a foundation for the legitimization of social stratification. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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