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

By Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

In Amazonian Cosmos, a different and interesting contribution to South American ethnography, Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff investigates the area view of an remoted Indian tribe, the Desana, of the Northwest Amazon. the writer labored with a unmarried informant over a chronic interval, and later checked his findings widely within the box. The acculturated local informant expressed his rules of guy and the Universe in phrases that transcend the slender limits of a really expert ethnological paintings and that display an interrelated approach of symptoms and emblems of a lot wider curiosity. by utilizing mythology and local languages as keys to an realizing of social habit, the writer has reached a degree of inquiry and a intensity of notion hardly ever completed in a research of primitive rain wooded area Indians, these remnants of as soon as robust tribes that now are speedily 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 introduced it right into a new period ... it's very unlikely to precise sufficient appreciation for the bright demonstration you've given us of hitherto unsuspected probabilities 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”: historic Peoples and areas and the folks of Aritama, and has additionally released a number of articles on Colombian ethnology and archaeology.

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