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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.Read more
- Extensive empirical base
- Strong theoretical claims
- Innovative approach
Reviews & endorsements
"… [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 MindSee more reviews
'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.
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