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Author Willerslev, Rane
Title Soul Hunters : Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2007
©2007
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (247 pages)
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Note Intro -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Animism as Mimesis -- 2 To Kill or Not to Kill: Rebirth, Sharing, and Risk -- 3 Body-Soul Dialectics: Human Rebirth Beliefs -- 4 Ideas of Species and Personhood -- 5 Animals as Persons -- 6 Shamanism -- 7 The Spirit World -- 8 Learning and Dreaming -- 9 Taking Animism Seriously -- Notes -- References -- Index
This is an insightful, highly original ethnographic interpretation of the hunting life of the Yukaghirs, a little-known group of indigenous people in the Upper Kolyma region of northeastern Siberia. Basing his study on firsthand experience with Yukaghir hunters, Rane Willerslev focuses on the practical implications of living in a "hall-of-mirrors" world--one inhabited by humans, animals, and spirits, all of whom are understood to be endless mimetic doubles of one another. In this world human beings inhabit a betwixt-and-between state in which their souls are both substance and nonsubstance, both body and soul, both their own individual selves and reincarnated others. Hunters are thus both human and the animals they imitate, which forces them to steer a complicated course between the ability to transcend difference and the necessity of maintaining identity
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Willerslev, Rane Soul Hunters : Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs Berkeley : University of California Press,c2007 9780520252172
Subject Yukaghir -- Hunting -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.;Animism -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.;Yukaghir -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- Folklore.;Ethnology -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia.;Siberia (Russia) -- Social life and customs
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