[South Bend, Indiana]: University of Notre Dame, 2006. Paperback. 8vo, wrps, 210 p., index, bibl., illus. New. Item #154807
“For years, anthropologists have been interested in jogo de bicho as a key Brazilian institution. We now have an English translation uniting Roberto DaMatta’s theoretical acumen and knowledge of Brazil with Elena Soarez’s field work. In Eagles, Donkeys, and Butterflies, they combine a stunningly effective analysis of the game in terms of rituals and symbols with an enlightening analysis of the structural and symbolic significance of the animals and the numbers associated with them. This is a welcome addition to the literature on the game’s cultural meaning and its place in the context of Brazilian society.” —Conrad P. Kottak, University of Michigan.