Index
Africa, 3, 8–9, 299
Akawaio, 53, 167
Alleluia. See Shamanism: alleluia
Amazonia, 9–10
Animals. See Birds; Insects; Mammals;
Reptiles
Anthropology, 11, 109, 136–37, 183, 306
Arara, 215–43; cosmology, 242 n.14; incest,
215–16; personhood, 229, 237; sociality,
217–18, 220–25, 240
Arauan. See Deni; Kulina
Arawak-speaking peoples. See Asháninka;
Ashéninka; Baniwa; Baré; Nomatsi-
guenga; Tariana; Terena; Warekena;
Yanesha
Asháninka, 274; epidemics, 284, 286,
289–94. See also Shining Path
Ashéninka, 274, 282, 288
Assault sorcery, 113, 230, 239, 277; aban-
donment of, 248, 258–59; accusations
of, 204–5, 311; and banishment, 117, 215,
217, 240, 309; and breath, 142–43, 145;
and darts, 189, 258; and disease etiology,
112, 189; dori, 203–6; and effigies, 4, 29;
and envy, 120; as evil spells, 89, 109,
114–15, 121, 124, 125–26, 143; and gender
relations, 89, 117; hiuiathi, 4, 88–89,
104 n.11; interrogations and inquests
into, 148, 192, 329; macumba, 91, 103;
and missionaries, 208; motivations for,
89, 116–17, 119, 126, 150, 239, 276–77,
308; and personhood, 149, 211, 309; and
political power, 120, 184, 310; and preda-
tion, 143, 236, 239; and secrecy, 119; and
social conflict, 29, 121, 207, 309; through
songs, 259; spirit attacks, 188, 256, 267;
talen, 5, 63; and violence, 206; and war-
fare, 29, 147. See also Dark shamanism;
Plants; Revenge; Warfare
Asurini do Tocantins, 160
Asurini do Xingu, 160
Aueti, 186–87, 194
Ayahuasca, 209, 251, 260–61, 269 nn.7, 9;
and illness, 209–11. See also Plants;
Shamanic substances
Azande, 3–4
Baniwa, 55, 83–108
Baré, 55, 57–59, 70
Beckeranta, 60, 78 n.6
Birds: hummingbirds, 275; macaws, 33, 34;
oropendola, 265; swallow-tailed kites,
26. See also Hunting; Landscape; Plants;
Shamanism; Spirit beings
Blood, 30, 33–39, 103 n.2, 163, 182; men-
strual, 168, 229–30; stench, 161; sym-
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