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Author Whitehead, Neil L.

Title Dark shamans : kanaimà and the poetics of violent death / Neil L. Whitehead
Published Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (309 pages, 4 pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Series e-Duke books scholarly collection.
Contents Introduction I -- 1. The Ethnographer's Tale -- i 2. Tales of the Kanaima: Observers 41 -- 3. Tales of the Kanaima: Participants 88 -- 4. Shamanic Warfare 128 -- 5. Modernity, Development, and Kanaima Violence 174 -- 6. Ritual Violence and Magical Death in Amazonia 202 -- Conclusion: Anthropologies of Violence 245 -- Notes 253
Summary Uses an ethnographic example of ritual violence to illuminate cultural expression more widely and thereby reformulate anthropological and historical approaches to warfare and violence
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-298) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Macusi Indians -- Death.
Macusi Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Patamona Indians -- Death.
Patamona Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Ritual abuse -- Guyana -- Paramakatoi Region
Shamanism -- Guyana -- Paramakatoi Region
Violent deaths -- Guyana -- Paramakatoi Region
Witchcraft -- Guyana -- Paramakatoi Region
Paramakatoi Region (Guyana) -- Rites and ceremonies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822329522
0822384302 (electronic bk.)
9780822384304 (electronic bk.)
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(cloth ;) (alk. paper)