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By Neil L. Whitehead

On the little-known and darker aspect of shamanism there exists an historical kind of sorcery referred to as kanaimà, a convention nonetheless saw one of the Amerindians of the highlands of Guyana, Venezuela, and Brazil that includes the ritual stalking, mutilation, lingering demise, and intake of human sufferers. instantly a memoir of cultural stumble upon and an ethnographic and old research, this ebook bargains a sustained, intimate examine kanaimà, its practitioners, their sufferers, and the explanations they provide for his or her actions.

Neil L. Whitehead tells of his personal involvement with kanaimà—including an try and kill him with poison—and relates the private stories of kanaimà shamans, their power sufferers, and the sufferers’ households. He then is going directly to talk about the old emergence of kanaimà, describing how, within the face of successive smooth colonizing forces—missionaries, rubber gatherers, miners, and improvement agencies—the perform has develop into an statement of local autonomy. His research explores the ways that kanaimà mediates either nationwide and overseas affects on local peoples within the zone and considers the importance of kanaimà for present bills of shamanism and spiritual trust and for theories of conflict and violence.

Kanaimà seems right here as a part of the broader lexicon of rebellious terror and unique horror—alongside the cannibal, vampire, and zombie—that haunts the western mind's eye. Dark Shamans broadens discussions of violence and of the illustration of primitive savagery by means of recasting either within the gentle of present debates on modernity and globalization.

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