Cubeo Hehénewa Religious Thought

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Columbia University Press, Jul 6, 2004 - Social Science - 488 pages
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The societies of the Vaupés region are now among the most documented indigenous cultures of the New World, in part because they are thought to resemble earlier civilizations lost during initial colonial conflict. Here at last is the eagerly awaited publication of a posthumous work by the man widely regarded as the preeminent authority on Vaupés Amazonian societies. Cubeo Hehénewa Religious Thought will be the definitive account of the religious worldview of a significant Amazonian culture. Cubeo religious thought incorporates ideas about the nature of the cosmos, society, and human life; the individual's orientation to the world; the use of hallucinogenic substances; and a New World metaphysics. This volume was substantially completed before Irving Goldman’s death, but Peter Wilson has edited it for publication, providing a thorough introduction to Goldman’s work. Stephen Hugh-Jones has contributed an afterword, setting the work in the context of contemporary Vaupés ethnography.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Creation and Emergence
17
3 The Social Order
48
4 Daily Life at Ground Level
121
5 The Cosmic Order
151
6 The Ritual Order
185
7 Death and Mourning
232
8 Shamans Jaguars and Thunderers
300
9 Concepts of Power
345
10 Gender
384
Afterword by Stephen HughJones
405
Glossary
413
Bibliography
423
Index
427
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The late Irving Goldman was professor of anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College. The last surviving student of Franz Boas, he was author of The Cubeo Indians of the Northwest Amazon, Ancient Polynesian Society, and The Mouth of Heaven.

Peter Wilson is emeritus professor of anthropology at Otago University in New Zealand and author of The Domestication of the Human Species. Stephen Hugh-Jones is head of the Department of Anthropology at Cambridge University and is a fellow of King's College.


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