Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia

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Univ of California Press, Mar 29, 2016 - Social Science - 330 pages
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Praying and Preying offers one of the rare anthropological monographs on the Christian experience of contemporary Amazonian indigenous peoples, based on an ethnographic study of the relationship between the WariÕ, inhabitants of Brazilian Amazonia, and the Evangelical missionaries of the New Tribes Mission. Vila a turns to a vast range of historical, ethnographic and mythological material related to both the WariÕ and missionaries perspectives and the authorÕs own ethnographic field notes from her more than 30-year involvement with the WariÕ community. Developing a close dialogue between the Melanesian literature, which informs much of the recent work in the Anthropology of Christianity, and the concepts and theories deriving from Amazonian ethnology, in particular the notions of openness to the other, unstable dualism, and perspectivism, the author provides a fine-grained analysis of the equivocations and paradoxes that underlie the translation processes performed by the different agents involved and their implications for the transformation of the native notion of personhood. Ê
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Figure
7
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19
The New Tribes Mission
30
Translations in Contact
48
Preying Negro River village 1987
60
The Encounter with the Missionaries
75
Christian Ritual Life
173
village 2014
182
Negro River village 1993
207
Personhood and Its Translations
219
village 2014
239
Notes
257
References
279
Index
301

Kinship and Conversion
97
Praying and Preying
121

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Aparecida Vila a is Associate Professor at the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She is the author ofÊStrange EnemiesQuem somos n—s, and Comendo como genteÊand coeditor ofÊNative Christians

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