Praying and Preying Hardback

Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia

by Aparecida Vilaca;

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Praying and Preying

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Praying and Preying offers one of the rare anthropological monographs on the Christian experience of contemporary Amazonian indigenous peoples, based on an ethnographic study of the relationship between the Wari', inhabitants of Brazilian Amazonia, and the Evangelical missionaries of the New Tribes Mission. Vilaca turns to a vast range of historical, ethnographic and mythological material related to both the Wari' and missionaries perspectives and the author's own ethnographic field notes from her more than 30-year involvement with the Wari' community. Developing a close dialogue between the Melanesian literature, which informs much of the recent work in the Anthropology of Christianity, and the concepts and theories deriving from Amazonian ethnology, in particular the notions of openness to the other, unstable dualism and perspectivism, the author provides a fine-grained analysis of the equivocations and paradoxes that underlie the translation processes performed by the different agents involved and their implications for the transformation of the native notion of personhood.

Praying and Preying by Aparecida Vilaca was published by University of California Press in April 2016. The ISBN for Praying and Preying is 9780520289130.

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Details for Praying and Preying

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (April 2016)
Number of Pages321
Thickness22 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4450373
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