Masks and madness. Ritual expressions of the transition to adulthood among Miskitu adolescents

  title={Masks and madness. Ritual expressions of the transition to adulthood among Miskitu adolescents},
  author={Mark A. Jamieson},
  journal={Social Anthropology},
  • M. Jamieson
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
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