Amazonian Cosmos: The Sexual and Religious Symbolism of the by Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

By Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

In Amazonian Cosmos, a distinct and engaging contribution to South American ethnography, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff investigates the realm view of an remoted Indian tribe, the Desana, of the Northwest Amazon. the writer labored with a unmarried informant over a protracted interval, and later checked his findings commonly within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his principles of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slender limits of a really good ethnological paintings and that display an interrelated process of symptoms and logos of a lot wider curiosity. through the use of mythology and local languages as keys to an knowing of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of belief not often accomplished in a learn of primitive rain woodland Indians, these remnants of as soon as strong tribes that now are swiftly disappearing.
Claude Lévi-Strauss writes of Amazonian Cosmos: “I have tested your e-book with passionate curiosity and i'm surprised on the riches of that universe that you divulge to us in it. South American ethnography isn't a similar back, for you've gotten introduced it right into a new period ... it truly is very unlikely to specific sufficient appreciation for the intense demonstration you've gotten given us of hitherto unsuspected percentages for research in depth.”
Amazonian Cosmos is the author’s personal translation of Desana, released in Spanish in 1969.
GERARDO REICHEL-DOLMATOFF is learn fellow on the Universidad de los Andes, and member of the Instituto Colombiano de Antropología in Bogotá. he's the writer of 8 books, together with “Colombia”: old Peoples and locations and the folk of Aritama, and has additionally released quite a few articles on Colombian ethnology and archaeology.

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Misereo - Zeichen der Hoffnung (Misereo Signos de Esperanza), Munich: 1976 pp. 20, 23, 32. 23. K. ), Okumenisch Diakonie (Diaconía Ecumé,mica), op. cit. p. 9. 24. , p. 62. 25. K. lV, "Kultur" col. 94. 26. H. Achternbusch, Die Olympiasieger (El Vencedor Olímpico), Frankfurt am Main: 1982, p. I l. 27. E. M. Cioran, A Short History of Decay (Una Breve Historia de la Decadencia), trad. por Richard Howard, Nueva York: The Viking Press, 1975, p. 4-5. 30 Bibliografía Los argumentos contra la ayuda para el desarrollo pueden plantearse en diferentes niveles.

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