Warfare and Shamanism in Amazonia (Cambridge Latin American Studies 96)

Warfare and Shamanism in Amazonia (Cambridge Latin American Studies 96)

By: Carlos Fausto (author)Paperback

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Warfare and Shamanism in Amazonia is an ethnographic study of the Parakana, a little-known indigenous people of Amazonia, who inhabit the interfluvial region in the state of Para, Brazil. This book analyzes the relationship between warfare and shamanism in Parakana society from the late nineteenth century until the end of the twentieth 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.

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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 Societe des Americanistes. He co-edited Time and Memory in Indigenous Amazonia (2007) with Michael Heckenberger. He currently collaborates with indigenous people to produce video documentaries.


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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781107449428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 370
  • ID: 9781107449428
  • weight: 540
  • ISBN10: 1107449421

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