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Title: Shamans and shamanisms: reflections on anthropological dilemmas of modernity
Authors: Langdon, Esther Jean
Affilliation: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Florianópolis ,SC, Brasil.
Abstract: This paper is an autobiographical reflection on the suitability of anthropological models for the study of shamanic practices in southern Colombia over the past forty years. My initial paradigm for understanding shamanism was based on the U.S. cultural historical tradition from Boas to Geertz, in which shamanism is seen as a cultural system that is transformed through history and space. Given the absence of practicing Siona shamans in the 1970′s, part of my doctoratal research concentrated on the reconstruction of what can be considered traditional Siona shamanism as expressed by narratives and myths told by those who had trained as shamanic apprentices. This paper examines the resurgence of Siona shamans, focusing on the life and character of the most well known contemporary shaman, and assesses the multiplicity of factors that have contributed to this resurgence and its expression in the region as well as the global scene
Keywords: Índios Sul-Americanos
Antropologia Cultural
DeCS: Colômbia
Antropologia Cultural
Índios Sul-Americanos
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Antropologia
Citation: LANGDON, Ester Jean. Shamans and shamanisms: reflections on anthropological dilemmas of modernity. Vibrant Virtual Brazilian Anthropology, v. 4, n. 2, p. 27-48, 2007.
ISSN: 1809-4341
Copyright: open access
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