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  • ISBN-13: 9781560983064
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Series: Series in Ethnographic Inquiry
  • Edition description: WITH NEW PREFACE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of 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
Ch. 1 Alto Mayo 35
Alto Mayo Ethnohistory
The Alto Mayo Arguaruna, 1978
Ch. 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
Ch. 3 The Uses of Affinity 67
Aguaruna Hunting Technology
Magical Songs
Game Grabbers
The Ethnobotany of Attraction
Hunting Failure: Causes and Cures
Ch. 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
Ch. 5 A Technology of Sentiment 133
Male-Female Relations
Songs That Direct Human Emotion
Pusagki: Agents of Demented Attraction
Love Magic, Hunting Magic, and the Limits of Affinity
Ch. 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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