Watunna / Edition 2

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Overview

Originally published in Spanish in 1970, Watunna is the epic history and creation stories of the Makiritare, or Yekuana, people living along the northern bank of the Upper Orinoco River of Venezuela, a region of mountains and virgin forest virtually unexplored even to the present. The first English edition of this book was published in 1980 to rave reviews. This edition contains a new foreword by David Guss, as well as Mediata, a detailed myth that recounts the origins of shamanism.

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Anthropologists and folklorists have gathered, against the coming night of worldwide electronic frost, sheaves and sheaves of oral narrative, but little of it is as readable, coherent, and thought-provoking as Watunna... Though the Watunna can be for us... little more than a resonant entertainment and gaudy fossil, the two existential mysteries that it addresses—the existence of the universe, the existence of 'I'—have not been, beneath the great flurry of modern knowing, dissolved.
— John Updike
New Scholar
One rarely reads a mythical corpus so richly textured as this Makiritare cycle....The result is a stunning portrayal of Makiritare creativity and an enthralling narrative of the way they imagine meaning in the universe. ...Civrieux and Guss bring the reader inside a contemporary worldview breathtakingly different in the way it imagines conflict and beauty.
— Lawrence Sullivan
New Yorker - John Updike
Anthropologists and folklorists have gathered, against the coming night of worldwide electronic frost, sheaves and sheaves of oral narrative, but little of it is as readable, coherent, and thought-provoking as Watunna... Though the Watunna can be for us... little more than a resonant entertainment and gaudy fossil, the two existential mysteries that it addresses—the existence of the universe, the existence of 'I'—have not been, beneath the great flurry of modern knowing, dissolved.
New Scholar - Lawrence Sullivan
One rarely reads a mythical corpus so richly textured as this Makiritare cycle....The result is a stunning portrayal of Makiritare creativity and an enthralling narrative of the way they imagine meaning in the universe. ...Civrieux and Guss bring the reader inside a contemporary worldview breathtakingly different in the way it imagines conflict and beauty.
New Yorker
Anthropologists and folklorists have gathered, against the coming night of worldwide electronic frost, sheaves and sheaves of oral narrative, but little of it is as readable, coherent, and thought-provoking as Watunna... Though the Watunna can be for us... little more than a resonant entertainment and gaudy fossil, the two existential mysteries that it addresses—the existence of the universe, the existence of 'I'—have not been, beneath the great flurry of modern knowing, dissolved.
-- John Updike
New Scholar
One rarely reads a mythical corpus so richly textured as this Makiritare cycle....The result is a stunning portrayal of Makiritare creativity and an enthralling narrative of the way they imagine meaning in the universe. ...Civrieux and Guss bring the reader inside a contemporary worldview breathtakingly different in the way it imagines conflict and beauty.
-- Lawrence Sullivan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292715899
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: UNIV OF TEXAS P
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface for a New Millennium
Teller's Preface
Introduction

Wanadi
Seruhe Ianadi
Nadeiumadi
Attawanadi
Kaweshawa

Iureke
Nuna
Huiio
Kawao
Manuwa
Ahisha
Iureke's Woman
Dama

Kasenadu
Dinoshi
Wachamadi

Momiñaru
Momiñaru

Kuamachi
Mado
Wlaha

Makusani
Makusani

Marahuaka
Kuchi
Semenia
Mado and Wachedi

Wahnatu
Wahnatu
Kahiuru
Ankosturaña
Mahaiwadi
Amenadiña
Wanadi Nistama
Medatia
The Waitie

Glossary

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