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Sorcery and Shamanism: Curanderos and Clients in Northern Peru

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The Curanderos of northern Peru, traditional healing specialists who invoke Jesus Christ and the saints with a mescaline sacrament and a shamanic rattle, are not vestigial curiosities nor are their patients rural illiterates without access to "modern medicine." Instead, many of these shamans have thriving urban practices, with clients form all levels of society.
Sorcery and Shamanism documents the lives and rituals of twelve curanderos, offering a perspective on their curing role and common knowledge. Aside from their use of psychoactive substances for diagnosis, Peruvian curanderos are noted for their complex curing altars, used to express opposition between good and evil forces. Successful curanderos exercise mastery over both forces.
Authors Donald Joralemon and Douglas Sharon also consider the therapeutic experiences of over a hundred patients, including case histories and follow-ups. They offer a broad view of the shamans' work in modern Peruvian society, particularly in connection with gender-based conflicts.
This significant work goes a long way toward dispelling the stereotype of shamans as enigmatic Indian wise men, showing them to be pragmatic curers confronting the health effects of everyday aggressions and betrayals.

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Author(s):
Donald Joralemon, Douglas Sharon
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1993
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
087480423X
ISBN-13:
9780874804232
Number of pages:
306
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Title:
Sorcery and Shamanism: Curanderos and Clients in Northern Peru

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The Curanderos of northern Peru, traditional healing specialists who invoke Jesus Christ and the saints with a mescaline sacrament and a shamanic rattle, are not vestigial curiosities nor are their patients rural illiterates without access to "modern medicine." Instead, many of these shamans have thriving urban practices, with clients form all levels of society.
Sorcery and Shamanism documents the lives and rituals of twelve curanderos, offering a perspective on their curing role and common knowledge. Aside from their use of psychoactive substances for diagnosis, Peruvian curanderos are noted for their complex curing altars, used to express opposition between good and evil forces. Successful curanderos exercise mastery over both forces.
Authors Donald Joralemon and Douglas Sharon also consider the therapeutic experiences of over a hundred patients, including case histories and follow-ups. They offer a broad view of the shamans' work in modern Peruvian society, particularly in connection with gender-based conflicts.
This significant work goes a long way toward dispelling the stereotype of shamans as enigmatic Indian wise men, showing them to be pragmatic curers confronting the health effects of everyday aggressions and betrayals.

Author(s):
Donald Joralemon, Douglas Sharon
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1993
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
087480423X
ISBN-13:
9780874804232
Number of pages:
306
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Title:
Sorcery and Shamanism: Curanderos and Clients in Northern Peru

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