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Author Brightman, Marc.

Title Animism in Rainforest and Tundra : Personhood, Animals, Plants and Things in Contemporary Amazonia and Siberia
Published New York, NY : Berghahn Books, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (226 pages)
Contents Figures; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Maps; Introduction; Chapter 1 -- Too Many Owners: Mastery and Ownership in Amazonia; Chapter 2 -- Revisiting the Animism versus Totemism Debate:; Chapter 3 -- Animism and the Meanings of Life: Reflections from Amazonia; Chapter 4 -- Stories about Evenki People and their Dogs; Chapter 5 -- Making Animals into Food among the Kanamari of Western Amazonia; Chapter 6 -- 'Spirit-charged' Animals in Siberia; Chapter 7 -- Shamans, Animals and Enemies; Chapter 8 -- Expressions and Experiences of Personhood
Chapter 9 -- Humanity, Personhood and Transformability in Northern AmazoniaChapter 10 -- Masked Predation, Hierarchy and the Scaling of Extractive Relations in Inner Asia and Beyond; Afterword; Notes on Contributors; Index
Summary Amazonia and Siberia, classic regions of shamanism, have long challenged "western" understandings of man's place in the world. By exploring the social relations between humans and non-human entities credited with human-like personhood (not only animals and plants, but also "things" such as artifacts, trade items, or mineral resources) from a comparative perspective, this volume offers valuable insights into the constitutions of humanity and personhood characteristic of the two areas. The contributors conducted their ethnographic fieldwork among peoples undergoing transformative processesof the
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Human-animal relationships -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.
Human-plant relationships -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.
Shamanism -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.
Form Electronic book
Author Grotti, Vanessa Elisa.
Ulturgasheva, Olga.
ISBN 0857454692 (electronic bk.)
9780857454690 (electronic bk.)