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Tsewa's Gift: Magic and Meaning in an Amazonian Society / Edition 3
     

Tsewa's Gift: Magic and Meaning in an Amazonian Society / Edition 3

by Michael Brown
 

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ISBN-10: 081735364X

ISBN-13: 9780817353643

Pub. Date: 02/12/2006

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

 "An outstanding and innovative study on hunting, gardening, and love magic among the Aguaruna. . . . [It is] both highly useful ethnographically and an important contribution to the understanding of how a primitive culture conceptualizes its transactions with nature. The book touches on cosmology and religion as well as the ethnoecology of hunting and

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 "An outstanding and innovative study on hunting, gardening, and love magic among the Aguaruna. . . . [It is] both highly useful ethnographically and an important contribution to the understanding of how a primitive culture conceptualizes its transactions with nature. The book touches on cosmology and religion as well as the ethnoecology of hunting and agriculture—with an interlude on sex."

—American Ethnologist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817353643
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
02/12/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments....................7
Illustrations and Plates....................9
Tables....................11
Orthographic Note....................13
Preface to the Paperback Edition....................15
Introduction....................19
Interpretations of Magic The Aguaruna and Amazonian Ethnography Studying Aguaruna Magic Chapter 1: Alto Mayo....................35
Alto Mayo Ethnohistory The Alto Mayo Arguaruna, 1978 Chapter 2: Seen and Unseen....................46
Ankuash's Snakebite Being and Becoming in Aguaruna Mythology Powerful Beings Souls Dreams and Visions Shamanism Ankuash's Snakebite Reconsidered Chapter 3: The Uses of Affinity....................67
Aguaruna Hunting Technology Magical Songs Game Grabbers The Ethnobotany of Attraction Hunting Failure: Causes and Cures Chapter 4: The Garden's Children....................97
Aguaruna Horticulture The Swidden as Symbolic Space Gardening Songs Gardening Stones Growth-Promoting Plants Gardening Avoidances The Structure of Garden Magic Manioc Horticulture as Practical Signification Chapter 5: A Technology of Sentiment....................133
Male-Female Relations Songs That Direct Human Emotion Pusdgki: Agents of Demented Attraction Love Magic, Hunting Magic, and the Limits of Affinity Chapter 6: Working Metaphors....................162
The Question of Agency Visionary Experience and the Direction of Events Creating Order Is Aguaruna Magic Performative? Magic, Technology, and the Symbolic Power of the Ordinary Afterword....................179
Appendix 1: Sources of Anen....................185
Appendix 2: Notes on the Collection, Transcription,and Translation of Aguaruna Anen....................187
Notes....................197
Bibliography....................207
Index....................217

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