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From the Enemy's Point of View : Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society - Eduardo Viveiros De Castro

From the Enemy's Point of View

Humanity and Divinity in an Amazonian Society

Paperback Published: 1st January 1992
ISBN: 9780226858029
Number Of Pages: 428

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The Araweté are one of the few Amazonian peoples who have maintained their cultural integrity in the face of the destructive forces of European imperialism. In this landmark study, anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro explains this phenomenon in terms of Araweté social cosmology and ritual order. His analysis of the social and religious life of the Araweté--a Tupi-Guarani people of Eastern Amazonia--focuses on their concepts of personhood, death, and divinity.

Building upon ethnographic description and interpretation, Viveiros de Castro addresses the central aspect of the Arawete's concept of divinity--consumption--showing how its cannibalistic expression differs radically from traditional representations of other Amazonian societies. He situates the Araweté in contemporary anthropology as a people whose vision of the world is complex, tragic, and dynamic, and whose society commands our attention for its extraordinary openness to exteriority and transformation. For the Araweté the person is always in transition, an outlook expressed in the mythology of their gods, whose cannibalistic ways they imitate. From the Enemy's Point of View argues that current concepts of society as a discrete, bounded entity which maintains a difference between "interior" and "exterior" are wholly inappropriate in this and in many other Amazonian societies.



List of Illustrations
Translator's Note
Preface Note on Orthography
Cosmology and Society
The Cannibal Gods
Living with the Araweteacute
The Tupi-Guarani Landscape
Approaching the Araweteacute
The Country
The Regional Context
The People
History
The Forsaken Ones
The Separation
Who's Who in the Cosmos
Gods and Spirits
Tupi-Guarani Cosmologies
The Frame of Life
The Year
The Village
A Day in the Dry Season
Difficulty at the Beginning
Nurture and Supernature
Mild Beer
Strong Beer
Meat and Honey
The Alimentary Forms of the Religious Life
Familiar Terms
The Mixture
Names
Relatives
Eluding Affinity
Birth, Copulation, and Death
The Facts of Life
Passions
Death
Only the Bones Forget
Alien Words
The Marriage of Heaven and Earth
Shamanism and the Music of the Gods
Killers and the Music of Enemies
The Enemy's Point of View
Beings of Becoming
The Cannibal Cogito
Spiritual Dualism and the Cosmological Triads
My Brother-in-law the Jaguar
The Anti-Narcissus
Vengeance and Sacrifice
A Rare Bird
On Dialogical Anthropology
The Anti-Social Contract
Eaters of Raw Flesh
Araweteacute; Villages in 1981-83
List of Historical Araweteacute; Villages
Araweteacute; Population
Genealogies
Botanical and Zoological Terms (English, Portuguese, Araweteacute;, Latin)
Glossary of Araweteacute
Terms
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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ISBN: 9780226858029
ISBN-10: 0226858022
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.7  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.66