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Dance of the Dolphin Transformation and Disenchantment in the Amazonian Imagination

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ISBN-10: 0226761843

ISBN-13: 9780226761848

Edition: 1994

Authors: Candace Slater

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In folktales told throughout much of the Brazilian Amazon, dolphins take human form, attend raucous dances and festivals, seduce men and women, and carry them away to a city beneath the river. They are encantados, or Enchanted Beings, capable of provoking death or madness, but also called upon to help shamanic healers. Male dolphins--accomplished dancers who appear dressed in dapper straw hats, white suits, and with shiny black shoes--reportedly father numerous children. The females are said to lure away solitary fishermen. Both sinister and charming, these characters resist definition and thus domination; greedy and lascivious outsiders, they are increasingly symbolic of a distinctly…    
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 321
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Invitation to the Dance
Time and Place
The Storytellers
Stories and Beliefs about Dolphins as Special Fish
Stories and Beliefs about Dolphins as Supernatural Beings
Questions of Performance
The Dolphin as Encantado
The Dolphin as Lover
The Dolphin as White Man
Transformation and Disenchantment
Glossary of Selected Terms
Portuguese-Language Originals of Stories in the Text