The King Without A Face

As communities become more entrenched and secure, with regard to their relationship with the environment and their new neighbours, so do economic and social distinctions begin to emerge. Such distinctions, however, are not immediately secure and require constant reinforcement if they are to be maintained……. The choreographers of mortuary rites were those who had the most to gain and the most to lose in these situations.


Alex Woolf, Sutton Hoo and Sweden Revisited


How much of the emotional calculation surrounding second sight is grounded in the desire to avoid a loss of face ( and the loss of social capital)?

Is this a significant determing factor in making this processes such a potentially shameful one?



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