9780822329886-0822329883-Dark Shamans: Kanaima and the Poetics of Violent Death

Dark Shamans: Kanaima and the Poetics of Violent Death

ISBN-13: 9780822329886
ISBN-10: 0822329883
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Neil L. Whitehead
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780822329886
ISBN-10: 0822329883
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Neil L. Whitehead
Publication date: 2002
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Format: Paperback 320 pages

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Acknowledged author Neil L. Whitehead wrote Dark Shamans: Kanaima and the Poetics of Violent Death comprising 320 pages back in 2002. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0822329883 and 9780822329886. Since then Dark Shamans: Kanaima and the Poetics of Violent Death textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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On the little-known and darker side of shamanism there exists an ancient form of sorcery called kanaimà, 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 kanaimà, its practitioners, their victims, and the reasons they give for their actions.

Neil L. Whitehead tells of his own involvement with kanaimà—including an attempt to kill him with poison—and relates the personal testimonies of kanaimà shamans, their potential victims, and the victims’ families. He then goes on to discuss the historical emergence of kanaimà, describing how, in the face of successive modern colonizing forces—missionaries, rubber gatherers, miners, and development agencies—the practice has become an assertion of native autonomy. His analysis explores the ways in which kanaimà mediates both national and international impacts on native peoples in the region and considers the significance of kanaimà for current accounts of shamanism and religious belief and for theories of war and violence.

Kanaimà appears here as part of the wider lexicon of rebellious terror and exotic horror—alongside the cannibal, vampire, and zombie—that haunts the western imagination. Dark Shamans broadens discussions of violence and of the representation of primitive savagery by recasting both in the light of current debates on modernity and globalization.

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