Soul Hunters Hunting, Animism, and Personhood among the Siberian Yukaghirs

ISBN-10: 0520252179
ISBN-13: 9780520252172
Edition: 2007
Authors: Rane Willerslev
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 235
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Animism as Mimesis
To Kill or Not to Kill: Rebirth, Sharing, and Risk
Body-Soul Dialectics: Human Rebirth Beliefs
Ideas of Species and Personhood
Animals as Persons
Shamanism
The Spirit World
Learning and Dreaming
Taking Animism Seriously
Notes
References
Index

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