• Mathias Guenther


The chapter describes the volume’s central concern, on how San experience ontological mutability and deal, intellectually and emotionally, with the impacts of this inherently disjunctive and potentially disorienting experience on human and personal identity and integrity. Also presented is a brief account—along with an outline of chapters—of how the book examines the phenomenological dimension of San ontology and cosmology, in terms of epistemological, experiential and environmental parameters, as well as through cross-cultural comparison.


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

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