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Rainforest Shamans: Essays on the Tukano Indians of the Northwest Amazon

By: Gerado Reichel-Dolmatoff

300 pages, 80 b/w photos

Themis Books

Paperback | #86166 | ISBN-13: 9780952730248
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Many of the essays are concerned with the role of shamanism in Tukanoan society: initiation practices, the rock crystal (the shamans' principle power tool), which provides the model for many aspects of the shaministic world-view; and their curing spells, which show the Tukanoan concepts of illness and its cure. Other essays describe their concepts of universal energies and the ways they can be balanced, and the ecological dimensions of their world-view.

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Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff was a world-renowned Colombian anthropologist who devoted the last years of his life to studying the Indian tribes of the North-West Amazon.

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