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Author Wright, Robin, 1950-

Title Cosmos, self, and history in Baniwa religion : for those unborn / Robin M. Wright
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998


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Description xx, 314 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents Cosmogony : perspectives on the beginning and its legacy -- Guardians of the cosmos -- Indians and whites in Baniwa history -- Music of the ancestors -- The times of death -- Spiritualities of death and birth -- From rubber to the gospel -- Deo iako : the creation of a new generation of believers
Summary The Baniwa Indians of the Northwest Amazon (a frontier region on the borders of Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia) have engaged in millenarian movements since at least the middle of the nineteenth century. The defining characteristic of these movements is usually a prophecy of the end of this present world and the restoration of the primordial, utopian world of creation. This prophetic message, delivered by powerful shamans, has its roots in Baniwa myths of origin and creation. In this ethnography of Baniwa religion, Robin M. Wright explores the myths of creation and how they have been embodied in religious movements and social action - particularly in a widespread conversion to evangelical Christianity
This research sheds new light on millenarian, messianic, and prophetic movements in native South America. The book contributes to current theoretical discussions in anthropology on the links between myth, social action, and history. And it adds important new material to studies of the relations among native religions and Christianity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-310) and index
Subject Baniwa Indians -- Religion.
Baniwa philosophy.
Baniwa Indians -- Social life and customs.
Shamanism -- Amazon River Valley.
Nativistic movements -- Amazon River Valley.
Christianity and culture -- Amazon River Valley.
Amazon River Valley -- Social life and customs.
LC no. 97045307
ISBN 0292791224 cloth alkaline paper