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Warfare and Shamanism in Amazonia

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  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107449428

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  • Warfare and Shamanism in Amazonia is an ethnographic study of the Parakanã, a little-known indigenous people of Amazonia, who inhabit the interfluvial region in the state of Pará, Brazil. This book analyzes the relationship between warfare and shamanism in Parakanã society from the late 19th century until the end of the 20th century. Based on the author's extensive fieldwork, the book presents first-hand ethnographic data collected among a generation still deeply involved in conflicts. The result is an innovative work with a broad thematic and comparative scope.

    • Extensive empirical base
    • Strong theoretical claims
    • Innovative approach
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    "… [a] theoretically nuanced and deeply fascinating work … The Parakanã conceptual universe is complex, and not easy to articulate in Western terms, but sustained immersion within Fausto's 'new language' reminds us that to understand other cultures requires adjustments to ourselves."
    Robert J. Wallis, Time and Mind

    'Warfare and Shamanism in Amazonia is the English translation of Inimigos Fiéis, Carlos Fausto's masterful ethnography of the Parakanã Indians, published in Portuguese in 2001. … Beyond its ethnographic value, the book brings an innovative combination of structuralist anthropology with a historical approach of potential value to archaeologists.'
    Eduardo Goés Neves, Antiquity

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    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107449428
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 8 maps 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The matter of time
    2. Images of abundance and scarcity
    3. Forms through history
    4. Why war?
    5. The master and the pet
    6. Death producing life
    7. Gods, axes, and jaguars.

  • Author

    Carlos Fausto, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    Carlos Fausto is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Fausto has been conducting fieldwork among Amazonian indigenous peoples since 1988. His articles have appeared in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Current Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Religion and Society, Science, Mana, L'Homme, Gradhiva and the Journal de la Société des Américanistes. He co-edited Time and Memory in Indigenous Amazonia (2007) with Michael Heckenberger. He currently collaborates with indigenous people to produce video documentaries.

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