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In Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia
In Darkness and Secrecy brings together ethnographic examinations of Amazonian assault sorcery, witchcraft, and injurious magic, or “dark shamanism.” Anthropological reflections on South American shamanism have tended to emphasize shamans’ healing powers and positive influence. This collection challenges that assumption by showing that dark shamans are, in many Amazonian cultures ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Duke University Press Books
(first published May 2004)
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Densely rich with coverage of many Amazonian groups, this essay collection is very useful. It brings nuance to the overly universalized term, 'shamanism' with respect to the region and especially the 'dark shamanism' that tends to keep indigenous groups separate from both urban 'neo-shamanisms' and general westerners who would see these practices as odious. The essays show persistence and resistance to acculturation while also highlighting that forms of shamanism are historically dynamic rather ...more