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Author Wilbert, Johannes,

Title Mindful of famine : religious climatology of the Warao Indians / Johannes Wilbert.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions : Distributed by Harvard University Press, c1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  299.88 WILB {Bund28 20111209}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvi, 363 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series Religions of the world
Religions of the world (Cambridge, Mass.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [277]-323) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Land and Weather -- Ch. 2. Narrow Passages -- Ch. 3. Warao Weather Lore -- Ch. 4. South American Weather Lore -- Ch. 5. Recasting Weather Religion -- Ch. 6. Mindful of Famine -- Glossary of Warao Words.
Summary Comprising nearly 30,000 individuals, the Warao of the Orinoco Delta in northeastern Venezuela are one of the largest contemporary Indian societies of Amazonia. Survival under the extreme ecological conditions of the deltaic marshland, however, demands of its occupants exceptional adaptive agility and an affirmative disposition toward acculturative change. In Mindful of Famine, Johannes Wilbert presents the Warao's response to the climatological challenge of their homeland, deftly weaving the strands of geographic, atmospheric, biological, and cultural lore and learning into a rich tapestry of environmental wisdom.
Subject Warao Indians -- Religion.
Warao Indians -- Rites and ceremonies.
Warao Indians -- Folklore
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Venezuela -- Orinoco River Delta.
Weather forecasting -- Venezuela -- Orinoco River Delta -- Folklore.
Orinoco River Delta (Venezuela) -- Religious life and customs.
Orinoco River Delta (Venezuela) -- Climate.
Orinoco River Delta (Venezuela) -- Social conditions.
ISBN 0945454112 (pbk.)