The Devil's Book of Culture: History, Mushrooms, and Caves in Southern Mexico

The Devil's Book of Culture: History, Mushrooms, and Caves in Southern Mexico

by Benjamin Feinberg

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In this highly original ethnography, Benjamin Feinberg investigates how different understandings of Mazatec identity and culture emerge through talk that circulates within and among various groups, including Mazatec-speaking businessmen, curers, peasants, intellectuals, anthropologists, bureaucrats, cavers, and mushroom-seeking tourists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292782068
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Benjamin Feinberg is Professor of Anthropology at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: A Toyota in Huautla
2. Historical and Geographical Overview: The Master Narrative of the Past
3. From Indians to Hillbillies: Explicit Stories about the Mazatec Past
4. "Like Rock, but Mazatec": Fiestas in Huautla
5. The Secret Past
6. "¿Quiere Hierba? ¿Quiere Hongo?" Mushrooms, Culture, Experts, and Drugs
7. The Underground World
8. Conclusion: The Devil's Book Notes Bibliography

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"This book looks at the Sierra Mazateca and its inhabitants in a fresh, engaging, intelligent, and interesting way. . . . It will be useful to readers in various fields who are interested in ethnicity, identity, history, and/or ethnography."

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