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The societies of the Vaupés region are now among the most documented indigenous cultures of the New World, in part because they are thought to resemble earlier civilizations lost during initial colonial conflict. Here at last is the eagerly awaited publication of a posthumous work by the man widely regarded as the preeminent authority on Vaupés Amazonian societies. Cubeo Hehénewa Religious Thought will be the definitive account of the religious worldview of a significant Amazonian culture. Cubeo religious thought incorporates ideas about the nature of the cosmos, society, and human life; the individual's orientation to the world; the use of hallucinogenic substances; and a New World metaphysics. This volume was substantially completed before Irving Goldman's death, but Peter Wilson has edited it for publication, providing a thorough introduction to Goldman's work. Stephen Hugh-Jones has contributed an afterword, setting the work in the context of contemporary Vaupés ethnography.

Columbia University Press

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Latin American Studies - Stephen Grant Baines

[A] Brilliant exemplary work which brings to life Cubeo religious thought.

Latin American Studies
[A] Brilliant exemplary work which brings to life Cubeo religious thought.

— Stephen Grant Baines

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231130202
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2004
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Irving Goldman was professor of anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College. The last surviving student of Franz Boas, he was author of The Cubeo Indians of the Northwest Amazon, Ancient Polynesian Society, and The Mouth of Heaven.

Peter Wilson is emeritus professor of anthropology at Otago University in New Zealand and author of The Domestication of the Human Species. Stephen Hugh-Jones is head of the Department of Anthropology at Cambridge University and is a fellow of King's College.

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Table of Contents

Editor's AcknowledgmentsEditor's PrefaceEditor's IntroductionChapter 1. IntroductionBackgroundThe Subject of ReligionChapter 2. Creation and EmergenceI. Process in CreationThe Era of KúwaiwaKúwaiwa: Creation and the Creation DeitiesThe AnacondasThe AncientsYurédoII. Social PrinciplesEmergence of the SibsPrototypesPatrilinyHierarchyAnimal AssociationsChapter 3. The Social OrderI. The TribeThe Human BeingThe Social SystemThe TribeThe Ancient Moiety SystemTerritoryTribal CohesionII. The Phratry from WithoutThe Expanded Tribal OrganizationHehénewaFormation of the PhratriesOrganization of the HehénewaBahúkiwaThe Hehénewa Phratry as Listed by the BahúkiwaDiscussionIII. The Phratry from WithinHierarchical StructureBirth/Emergence OrderSeniority of DescentAnaconda/RiverConsanguine Kin RelationsRitual FunctionsDyadic Hierarchy of Dominance/SubordinationIV. The External Role of the Phratry: The SibAuthority and PowerChiefshipClassThe SibSib NamesV. The Inner Working of the SibKinshipConsanguineal KinThe Opposing GenerationsThe Generation of SiblingsThe Community of KinshipMarriageThe Festival of Abundance (Upáiweteno)Chapter 4. Daily Life at Ground LevelThe Connubial HouseholdThe Residential SiteThe Maloca (Kenámi, Kurámi)The ChagraOrigins of HorticultureMyths of HorticultureProductivity of the GardenThe River (Hyá)Food and NutritionSocial Relations in Food and EatingReligious Foundations of Diet (Hava)Hot and ColdPurity: Fasting and VomitingChapter 5. The Cosmic OrderIntroductionCosmic RealmsThe Earth (Habóno; Habóno Mahékru Tükübü)The Order of Earthly ExistenceDiurnal and Seasonal Rhythms and CyclesThe Intervals of Night and DayThe DayThe SeasonsRealm of Vultures (Kavá)Realm of the Dolphins (Mamüwühya)Realm of the MoonRealm of the SunRealm of the StarsRealm of KúwaiAnimals and the CubeoThe Classification of NatureChapter 6. The Ritual OrderI. The Order of BeingIntroductionLife-Cycle RitualsInitiation RitesII. AnalysisIII. Rituals of TrainingBedéinoVariabilityChapter 7. Death and MourningI. DogmaThe Mythology of DeathInterpretationBurial (Yuaí'no)InterludeII. RitualsDrinking the Bones (Kwánkoro)ÓynoBurning the Masks (Tajwáino)TransformationsThe MalocaIII. Instruments, Implements, and DancesMasks (Tawü)The Community of Spirits (Tuwaharía)Heads of the Tawü (Hehénewa Version)The Ensemble of MasksThe Jüdjüko and JüdjüküSadness Abandoned (Chionye Jaruwaino)Chapter 8. Shamans, Jaguars, and ThunderersI. HistoryIntroductionThe Origin Tradition: Structural OrderTransformative AgentsThe Shamanic VisionPart II: Becoming a Payé and Curing Master and PupilThe Qualities of a Payé: "Seeing"Illness and DiseaseIllness, Cure, and MythChapter 9. Concepts of PowerEthnicityPrimary PowersSecondary PowersPowers of Payés and LaymenMind and BodyThe Structure of PowersChapter 10. GenderGender and CreationGender, Biology, and Female IdentityGender and RitualThe Status of Woman in Religious ThoughtGender and Social OrderThe Ritual OrderAfterword Stephen Hugh-JonesGlossaryBibliographyIndex

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