Watunna An Orinoco Creation Cycle

ISBN-10: 0292715897

ISBN-13: 9780292715899

Edition: 2nd 1997 (Reprint)

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Description: From reviews of the first edition: "Anthropologists and folklorists have gathered, against the coming night of worldwide electronic frost, sheaves and sheaves of oral narrative, but little of it is as readable, coherent, and thought-provoking as Watunna ... Though the Watunna can be for us... little more than a resonant entertainment and gaudy fossil, the two existential mysteries that it addressesthe existence of the universe, the existence of 'I'have not been, beneath the great flurry of modern knowing, dissolved." John Updike, New Yorker "One rarely reads a mythical corpus so richly textured as this Makiritare cycle....The result is a stunning portrayal of Makiritare creativity and an enthralling narrative of the way they imagine meaning in the universe. ...Civrieux and Guss bring the reader inside a contemporary worldview breathtakingly different in the way it imagines conflict and beauty." Lawrence Sullivan, New Scholar Originally published in Spanish in 1970, Watunna is the epic history and creation stories of the Makiritare, or Yekuana, people living along the northern bank of the Upper Orinoco River of Venezuela, a region of mountains and virgin forest virtually unexplored even to the present. The first English edition of this book was published in 1980 to rave reviews. This edition contains a new foreword by David Guss, as well as Mediata, a detailed myth that recounts the origins of shamanism.

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 235
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

David M. Guss is a poet, translator, editor, folklorist, and anthropologist who has lived and worked in various parts of Latin America. He is currently a Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard University.

Preface for a New Millennium
Teller's Preface
Introduction
Wanadi
Seruhe Ianadi
Nadeiumadi
Attawanadi
Kaweshawa
Iureke
Nuna
Huiio
Kawao
Manuwa
Ahisha
Iureke's Woman
Dama
Kasenadu
Dinoshi
Wachamadi
Mominaru
Mominaru
Kuamachi
Mado
Wlaha
Makusani
Makusani
Marahuaka
Kuchi
Semenia
Mado and Wachedi
Wahnatu
Wahnatu
Kahiuru
Ankosturana
Mahaiwadi
Amenadina
Wanadi Nistama
Medatia
The Waitie
Glossary
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