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The Yanomami Indians, living in the depths of the Venezuelan forest, are one of the most interesting of the world's tribal peoples. Jacques Lizot lived among them for over fifteen years and has written an account which allows them to speak for themselves, in stories told by Yanomami individuals. The tales are revealing in the insights they provide into the Indians' daily experience; their shamanism, magic and sorcery; and conflict and alliance with other villages. The result is a richly evocative and intimate account - illustrated with revealing photographs of the Yanomami's own perceptions of their world - recreating in detail the atmosphere, speech, noises, smells and images of life in the Amazon forest.
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"For those interested in this diminishing South American tribe, this is an excellent book on their culture and beliefs." Illinois Antiquity
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- Date Published: June 1991
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521406727
- length: 216 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.28kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword Timothy Asch
Preface to the English edition
Part I. The Great Shelter From Day to Day:
1. Ashes and tears
2. Love stories
3. Women's lives
Part II. The Magical Powers:
4. The path of the spirits
6. Eaters of souls
Part III. War and Alliance:
7. The hunt
8. The pact
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