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Title Mysteries of the jaguar shamans of the northwest Amazon / Robin M. Wright ; foreword by Michael J. Harner.
Author Wright, Robin, 1950-
Publication Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2013]
Description xv, 387 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Call # 299.8839 W
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 353-364) and index.
Contents Part 1 Shamans, Chanters, Sorcerers, and Prophets -- 1 "You Are Going to Save Many Lives": The Life Story of Mandu da Silva, Hohodene Jaguar Shaman, coauthored by Manuel da Silva and Ercilia Lima da Silva 31 -- 2 Mandu's Apprenticeship and a Jaguar Shaman's Powers of World-Making 53 -- 3 "You Will Suffer Along Our Way": The Great Suffering in Mandu's Life 105 -- Part 2 Shamanic Knowledge and Power in the Baniwa Universe -- 4 Creation, Cosmology, and Ecological Time 147 -- 5 Mythscapes as Living Memories of the Ancestors 208 -- Part 3 Transmission of Shamanic Knowledge and Power -- 6 The Birth of the Child of the Sun, Kuwai 233 -- 7 Death and Regeneration in the First Initiation Rites, Kwaipan 247 -- 8 The Struggle for Power and Knowledge among Men and Women 276 -- Part 4 Revitalization Movements in Traditional and Christianized Communities -- 9 The House of Shamans' Knowledge and Power, the House of Adornment, and the Pamaale School Complex 297.
Summary Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon tells the life story of Mandu da Silva, the last living jaguar shaman among the Baniwa peoples in the northwest Amazon. In this highly original and engaging work, Robin M. Wright, who has known and worked with Silva for more than thirty years, weaves the story of Silva's life together with the Baniwas' society, history, mythology, cosmology, and jaguar shaman traditions. The jaguar shamans are key players in what Wright calls "a nexus of religious power and knowledge" in which healers, sorcerers, priestly chanters, and dance-leaders exercise complementary functions linking living specialists with the deities and great spirits of the cosmos. By exploring in depth the apprenticeship of the shaman, Wright shows how jaguar shamans acquire the knowledge and power of the deities in several stages of instruction and practice. This volume is the first mapping of the sacred geography ("mythscape") of the Northern Arawak-speaking people of the northwest Amazon, demonstrating direct connections between petroglyphs and other inscriptions and Baniwa sacred narratives as a whole. In eloquent and engaging analytic prose, Wright links biographic and ethnographic elements in elevating anthropological writing to a new standard of theoretically aware storytelling and analytic power.
Subject da Silva, Mandu.
Baniwa Indians -- Biography.
Shamans -- Brazil -- Biography.
Baniwa Indians -- Religion.
Baniwa philosophy.
Baniwa Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
ISBN 9780803295230 (paperback)
0803295235 (paperback)
9780803243941 (hardcover)
0803243944 (hardcover)
Standard # 40022472172

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