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Dark Shamans [electronic resource]: Kanaimà and the Poetics of Violent Death

Whitehead, Neil L
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EBook; Book; Online
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Durham : Duke University Press Sept. 2002
Language
English
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9780822329527, 0822329522 (Trade Cloth)
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    a| Annotation b| <div>On the little-known and darker side of shamanism there exists an ancient form of sorcery called<i>kanaim</i><i>&agrave;</i>, a practice still observed among the Amerindians of the highlands of Guyana, Venezuela, and Brazil that involves the ritual stalking, mutilation, lingering death, and consumption of human victims. At once a memoir of cultural encounter and an ethnographic and historical investigation, this book offers a sustained, intimate look at<i>kanaim</i><i>&agrave;</i>, its practitioners, their victims, and the reasons they give for their actions.<br /><br />Neil L. Whitehead tells of his own involvement with kanaim&agrave;&mdash;including an attempt to kill him with poison&mdash;and relates the personal testimonies of kanaim&agrave; shamans, their potential victims, and the victims&rsquo; families. He then goes on to discuss the historical emergence of kanaim&agrave;, describing how, in the face of successive modern colonizing forces&mdash;missionaries, rubber gatherers, miners, and development agencies&mdash;the practice has become an assertion of native autonomy. His analysis explores the ways in which kanaim&agrave; mediates both national and international impacts on native peoples in the region and considers the significance of kanaim&agrave; for current accounts of shamanism and religious belief and for theories of war and violence.<br /><br />Kanaim&agrave; appears here as part of the wider lexicon of rebellious terror and exotic horror&mdash;alongside the cannibal, vampire, and zombie&mdash;that haunts the western imagination.<i>Dark Shamans</i>broadens discussions of violence and of the representation of primitive savagery by recasting both in the light of current debates on modernity and globalization.<p><br /></p></div>
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