By Neil L. Whitehead
In Darkness and Secrecy
brings jointly ethnographic examinations of Amazonian attack sorcery, witchcraft, and injurious magic, or “dark shamanism.” Anthropological reflections on South American shamanism have tended to stress shamans’ therapeutic powers and confident impact. This assortment demanding situations that assumption via displaying that darkish shamans are, in lots of Amazonian cultures, fairly various from shamanic healers and prophets. attack sorcery, specifically, includes violence leading to actual damage or perhaps loss of life. whereas highlighting the individuality of such practices, In Darkness and Secrecy
unearths them as no much less appropriate to the continuation of tradition and society than curing and prophecy. The members recommend that the patience of darkish shamanism will be understood as a kind of engagement with modernity.
These essays, through prime anthropologists of South American shamanism, think of attack sorcery because it is practiced in elements of Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, and Peru. They examine the social and political dynamics of witchcraft and sorcery and their relation to cosmology, mythology, ritual, and different kinds of symbolic violence and aggression in each one society studied. in addition they speak about the kinfolk of witchcraft and sorcery to interethnic touch and the ways in which shamanic strength will be co-opted through the kingdom. In Darkness and Secrecy includes reflections at the moral and functional implications of ethnographic research of violent cultural practices.
Contributors. Dominique Buchillet, Carlos Fausto, Michael Heckenberger, Elsje Lagrou, E. Jean Langdon, George Mentore, Donald Pollock, Fernando Santos-Granero, Pamela J. Stewart, Andrew Strathern, Márnio Teixeira-Pinto, Silvia Vidal, Neil L. Whitehead, Johannes Wilbert, Robin Wright