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Buy and Download Description This chapter will examine the role of scapegoats and the process of scapegoating in society. This role and process may be discerned in terms of the three grammars proposed in this volume, that is, orientalization, encompassment and the revitalization of segmentary social groups and interests. While these terms have their own history in anthropology, my usage will be interpretational, rather than strict in is application.1 I will primarily focus on a ritual in Nepal, namely the Ghantakarna ritual held at the peak of the monsoon season by Newars of the Kathmandu Valley. The term scapegoat needs, however, to be defined more exactly if we are to succeed in gaining a global view on a subject which may and should give rise to opposing views, touching as it does on hierarchy and its encompassment in one type of society and on marginalisation in others. This chapter will examine the role of scapegoats and the process of scapegoating in society. This role and process may be discerned in terms of the three grammars proposed in this volume, that is, orientalization, encompassment and the revitalizat
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