Reichel-Dolmatoff, Gerardo. Amazonian cosmos: the sexual and religious symbolism of the Tukano Indians

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Title: Amazonian cosmos: the sexual and religious symbolism of the Tukano Indians

Published By: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, [1971]. xxiii, 290 p.: ill., map

By line: Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Tukano (SQ19)

Subjects: Hunting and trapping (224); Fishing (226); Literary texts (539); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); General character of religion (771); Mythology (773); Ethnophysics (822); Ethnozoology (825);

Abstract: This work is a study of the religious symbolism of a small group of tropical rain forest Indians known as the Desana (a subgroup of Tucano) living in the Vaupés region of Colombia's northwest Amazon area. Much of the information is based on the author's conversation with a single informant -- a largely acculturated Desana Indian by the name of Antonio Guzman. The document is divided into three major parts. Part I presents an ethnographic sketch of the Desana people and their land; part II, the Creation Myth, contains a relatively concise statement of cosmology and forms the basis of the establishement of various cultural institutions and religious codes; and part III provides a detailed analysis of religious symbolism in various aspects of Desana life.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: sq19-008

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Translation of: Desana. Includes bibliographical references (p. 276-280)

Field Date: ca. 1960s

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1996

Coverage Date: 1960s

Coverage Place: Desana tribe; Vaupés region, Colombian northwest Amazon

LCSH: Tukano Indians

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