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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Neste romance, Darcy Ribeiro mostra a etnologia indígena e o leitor conhecerá, por meio da personagem central, como vivem e se organizam os índios.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published March 12th 1984 by Vintage (first published 1981)
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Newton Nitro
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma viagem pelo mundo de uma tribo indígena brasileira feita dentro da estrutura de um romance de mistério policial. Uma obra única da literatura brasileira de um dos nossos maiores intelectuais de todos os tempos.

Primeiro romance de Darcy Ribeiro, que conta o declínio da tribo fictícia dos “mairums”, dentro do mistério da morte de Alma, uma carioca branca que, depois de uma vida de excessos, decide se tornar uma missionária voluntária entre os índios. A narrativa também é entrecortada co
Jan 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Ribeiro, Darcy. MAIRA. (1978; U.S. – 1984). ***. I have to admit that I couldn’t make it all the way through this book to the end. What ultimately destroyed me was the plethora of Indian names that I couldn’t keep straight in my head. What I read of it (about half) was well-written, but I should have kept a list of all the characters as they appeared. These were Brazilian Indians and their names, not like American Indian names we are familiar with like Tonto or Black Hawk, so I quit. The author ...more
Jim Fonseca
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it

I’ll call this an “anthropological novel.” The author was an anthropologist who studied and lived with the indigenous Amerindians of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. It was written in the 1970’s, so despite Brazil’s efforts at preserving their lifestyle, the semi-isolation the Amerindians once lived in is now of a bygone era. At the time this book was written the Indian areas were being invaded by traders, government officials and Protestant and Catholic missionaries.

The story begins with an Indian
Ayla Gresta
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
lindo contato com a cultura indígena, crítico, engraçado e erótico
This book gives me a bitter taste: I admire Darcy Ribeiro's work as the great anthropologist, but at the same time that Maira sheds light over the Brazilian indigenous culture, it also perpetuates many stereotypes.
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremamente interessante e recomendado! Um romance mesclado com antropologia!
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Darcy Ribeiro (Montes Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil, October 26, 1922 – Brasilia, DF, Brazil, February 17, 1997) was a Brazilian anthropologist, author and politician. Darcy Ribeiro's ideas of Latin American identity have influenced several later scholars of Latin American studies. As Minister of Education of Brazil he caried out profound reforms which led him to be invited to participate in univer ...more
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