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The Living Ancestors: Shamanism, Cosmos and Cultural Change among the Yanomami of the Upper Orinoco

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by Zeljko Jokic
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The Living Ancestors: Shamanism, Cosmos and Cultural Change among the Yanomami of the Upper Orinoco by Zeljko Jokic

This phenomenologically oriented ethnography focuses on experiential aspects of Yanomami shamanism, including shamanistic activities in the context of cultural change. The author interweaves ethnographic material with theoretical components of a holographic principle, or the idea that the "part is equal to the whole," which is embedded in the nature of the Yanomami macrocosm, human dwelling, multiple-soul components, and shamans' relationships with embodied spirit-helpers. This book fills an important gap in the regional study of Yanomami people, and, on a broader scale, enriches understanding of this ancient phenomenon by focusing on the consciousness involved in shamanism through firsthand experiential involvement.

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Pages: 296
Size: 2.9 MB
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781782388180 (DRM-PDF)

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