Gift of Life Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru

ISBN-10: 0826318932

ISBN-13: 9780826318930

Edition: 1998

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Description: In this uniquely personal account of the lives and healing arts of female shamans in northern Peru, the author alternates diaristic writings about her own experiences with ethnographic description. Her analytical essays explore the concepts of sorcery, shamanism, and witchcraft, case studies of Peruvian women and their ritual healing techniques, the healers' religious and symbolic space, and the healing attributes unique to women. They alternate with chapters in which Glass-Coffin describes her introduction to Peru as a high school student, the traditional roles she adopted in her host family, the crisis that rocked her identity, her first ritual contact with a female healer, and her own tumultuous but ultimately rewarding healing journey under two female shamans. Male shamans, she concludes, sally forth into the spirit world to do individual combat with the sources of spiritual illness, whereas female shamans try to involve their patients more directly in their own healing.

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 3/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Sorcery and Dependence
Madre, Mujer, Bruja
A Call to Healing
Healers at Work
The Spiritual Tools of Healing
Gender, Healing, and Experience
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary of Spanish Terms and place Names
References
Index
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