The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru / Edition 1

The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru / Edition 1

by Bonnie Glass-Coffin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826318932

ISBN-13: 9780826318930

Pub. Date: 03/28/1998

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

In this uniquely personal account of the lives and healing arts of female shamans in northern Peru, the author alternates diaristic writings about her own experiences with ethnographic description. Her analytical essays explore the concepts of sorcery, shamanism, and witchcraft, case studies of Peruvian women and their ritual healing techniques, the healers'

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In this uniquely personal account of the lives and healing arts of female shamans in northern Peru, the author alternates diaristic writings about her own experiences with ethnographic description. Her analytical essays explore the concepts of sorcery, shamanism, and witchcraft, case studies of Peruvian women and their ritual healing techniques, the healers' religious and symbolic space, and the healing attributes unique to women. They alternate with chapters in which Glass-Coffin describes her introduction to Peru as a high school student, the traditional roles she adopted in her host family, the crisis that rocked her identity, her first ritual contact with a female healer, and her own tumultuous but ultimately rewarding healing journey under two female shamans. Male shamans, she concludes, sally forth into the spirit world to do individual combat with the sources of spiritual illness, whereas female shamans try to involve their patients more directly in their own healing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826318930
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
672,859
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Map
1Sorcery and Dependence1
iFamilies and Emotional Dependence29
2Madre, Mujer, Bruja35
iiToward the Margin of Two Worlds47
3A Call to Healing51
iiiDiagnosis and Prognosis81
4Healers at Work93
ivAnthropologist, Heal Thyself127
5The Spiritual Tools of Healing139
vSowing Shadows in Sacred Lagoons165
6Gender, Healing, and Experience171
viThe Seguro as Embodied Self205
Epilogue209
Notes211
Glossary of Spanish Terms221
References Cited227
Index241

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