The Inconstancy of the Indian Soul Paperback

The Encounter of Catholics and Cannibals in Sixteenth-century Brazil

by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro;

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The Inconstancy of the Indian Soul

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In the mid-sixteenth century, Jesuit missionaries working in what is now Brazil were struck by what they called the inconstancy of the people they met, the indigenous Tupi-speaking tribes of the Atlantic coast. Though the Indians appeared eager to receive the Gospel, they also had a tendency to forget the missionaries' lessons and 'revert' to their natural state of war, cannibalism, and polygamy. This peculiar mixture of acceptance and rejection, compulsion and forgetfulness was incorrectly understood by the priests as a sign of the natives' incapacity to believe in anything durably. In this pamphlet, world-renowned Brazilian anthropologist "Eduardo Viveiros de Castro" situates the Jesuit missionaries' accounts of the Tupi people in historical perspective. In the process he draws out some startling and insightful implications of their perceived inconstancy in relation to anthropological debates on culture and religion.

The Inconstancy of the Indian Soul by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro was published by Prickly Paradigm Press, LLC in October 2011. The ISBN for The Inconstancy of the Indian Soul is 9780984201013.

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Details for The Inconstancy of the Indian Soul

Page last updated 19th October 2013
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherPrickly Paradigm Press, LLC (October 2011)
Number of Pages108
Thickness6 mm
Height178 mm
Width114 mm
Product Code4027398
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