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Author Wilbert, Johannes.

Title Mystic endowment : religious ethnography of the Warao Indians / Johannes Wilbert.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions : Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1993.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  299.882 WILB    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Series Religions of the world.
Religions of the world (Cambridge, Mass.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Geography and Telluric Lore of the Orinoco Delta -- Ch. 2. Carpenters of Canoes -- Ch. 3. Eschatology in a Participatory Universe: Destinies of the Soul -- Ch. 4. Tobacco and Shamanistic Ecstasy -- Ch. 5. The Calabash of Ruffled Feathers -- Ch. 6. The House of the Swallow-Tailed Kite -- Ch. 7. Warao Cosmology and Yekuana Roundhouse Symbolism -- Ch. 8. The Lords of Rain -- Ch. 9. Compelling the Clouds -- Ch. 10. The Fiddle and the Dancing Jaguar.
Summary In the ten essays comprising Mystic Endowment, Johannes Wilbert illumines revealing particulars of Warao religious ethnology. He guides the reader through often bizarre and chaotic imagery to an appreciation of the cosmic order established by the myth-making mind of this aboriginal society. The cosmology and cosmogony of the Warao describe the different places of destiny of the human soul; the various artifactual and musical worlds; the houses that situate them in the religious universe; and the interaction between heaven and earth. Shamanic lore is particularly well developed in Warao culture, and Wilbert stresses the crucial role shamanistic ideology plays in the preservation of the community's social and psychic equilibrium.
Subject Warao Indians -- Religion and mythology.
Warao philosophy.
Human ecology -- Venezuela -- Orinoco River Delta.
ISBN 0945454058 (paperback)