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The Village, the State, and Amerindian Shamanic Thought: Becoming Makushi in the Hinterland of Guyana

Carneiro de Carvalho, Lucas
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Carneiro de Carvalho, Lucas
Advisor
Bigelow, Allison
Mentore, George
Wagner, Roy
Handler, Richard
Abstract
This dissertation presents a comparison between the cultural representations of Coastlanders and Amerindians in Guyana. This is done by contrasting Makushi practices and understandings of sociality, politics, violence, and the power to kill with non-Amerindian practices and understandings. The dissertation presents a series of episodes to illustrate the differences and similarities between these two systems. In these episodes, themes such as group identity, leadership, politics, kinship, development, shamanism, and death and violence are presented and discussed. Moreover, the dissertation explores the underlying Makushi aesthetics of being, together with the intricacies of their shamanic thought, in order to compare and contrast the differences between Makushi and Coastlander cultural representations of violence and the power to kill.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Anthropology, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2016
Published Date
2016-07-29
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Sponsoring Agency
National Science Foundation
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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