Notes on Bataille

generosity = better rep

money and gift giving allows them to do what they want

currency could be anything of use to the person commanding the exchange

party to display wealth and say thanks to god does wealth have religious connotations?

the sacrifice of slaves, a gift?

the less you have the less you receive (capitalism)

a feast before death


A potlatch was held on the occasion of births, deaths, adoptions, weddings, and other major events. Typically the potlatch was practiced more in the winter seasons as historically the warmer months were for procuring wealth for the family, clan, or village, then coming home and sharing that with neighbors and friends. The event was hosted by a numaym, or 'House', in Kwakwaka'wakw culture. A numaym was a complex cognatic kin group usually headed by aristocrats, but including commoners and occasional slaves. It had about one hundred members and several would be grouped together into a tribe. The House drew its identity from its ancestral founder, usually a mythical animal who descended to earth and removed his animal mask, thus becoming human. The mask became a family heirloom passed from father to son along with the name of the ancestor himself. This made him the leader of the numaym, considered the living incarnation of the founder. (

it is not a festival it is something that happens at one

it is a means of circulating wealth

the commodity of the life of slaves

the destruction of wealth or of expense- how am i supposed to feel about that

a gift is given to have someone in your debt, so it is not a gift it is a loan.

cleche but reminds me of the god father

a gift give you the power to give or destroy

to give is to receive greater wealth through formalities

the slave ate the food and in return where obliged to gift themselves as sacrifices

what is more? If a rich mane gives a poor man £100,000 out of his £100,0000 and the poor man gives him back his shoes, the only shoes he owns, who has given more? Is it measured universally in currency or individually by means.

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