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Mysteries of the jaguar shamans of the northwest Amazon

Author: Robin Wright
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mandu Da Silva; Mandu da Silva
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Wright
ISBN: 9780803243941 0803243944 9780803295230 0803295235 0803246811 9780803246812
OCLC Number: 815824866
Description: xv, 387 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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 --
2 Mandu's apprenticeship and a jaguar shaman's powers of world-making --
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 --
5 Mythscapes as living memories of the ancestors --
Part 3 Transmission of Shamanic Knowledge and Power. 6 The birth of the child of the sun, Kuwai --
7 Death and regeneration in the first initiation rites, Kwaipan --
8 The struggle for power and knowledge among men and women --
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 --
Appendices: Letter authorizing reproductions of Kuwai-ka Wamundana ; Description of The Mysterious Body of Kuwai.
Responsibility: Robin M. Wright ; foreword by Michael J. Harner.

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Tells the life story of Mandu da Silva, the last living jaguar shaman among the Baniwa people in the northwest Amazon. In this original and engaging work, Robin M. Wright, who has known and worked  Read more...

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