Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man A Study in Terror and Healing
by Michael Taussig
University of Chicago Press, 1987
Cloth: 978-0-226-79012-1 | Paper: 978-0-226-79013-8 | Electronic: 978-0-226-79011-4

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Working with the image of the Indian shaman as Wild Man, Taussig reveals not the magic of the shaman but that of the politicizing fictions creating the effect of the real.

"This extraordinary book . . . will encourage ever more critical and creative explorations."—Fernando Coronil, [I]American Journal of Sociology[/I]

"Taussig has brought a formidable collection of data from arcane literary, journalistic, and biographical sources to bear on . . . questions of evil, torture, and politically institutionalized hatred and terror. His intent is laudable, and much of the book is brilliant, both in its discovery of how particular people perpetrated evil and others interpreted it."—Stehen G. Bunker, Social Science Quarterly

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Michael Taussig is the Class of 1933 Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He is the author of ten books, including What Color Is the Sacred?, Walter Benjamin’s Grave, and My Cocaine Museum, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Maps

Author's Note

Acknowledgments

Part One: Terror

1. Culture of Terror, Space of Death

2. Casement to Grey

3. The Economy of Terror

4. Jungle and Savagery

5. The Image of the Auca: Ur-Mythology and Colonial Modernism

6. The Colonial Mirror of Production

Part Two: Healing

7. A Case of Fortune and Misfortune

8. Magical Realism

9. Las Tres Potencias: The Magic of the Races

10. The Wild Woman of the Forest Becomes Our Lady of Remedies

11. Wildness

12. Indian Fat

13. Surplus Value

14. Hunting Magic

15. The Book of Magia

16. Filth and the Magic of the Modern

17. Revolutionary Plants

18. On the Indian's Back: The Moral Topography of the Andes and Its Conquest

19. Even the Dogs Were Crying

20. The Old Soldier Remembers

21. Toughness and Tenderness in the Wild Man's Lair: The Everyday as Impenetrable, the Impenetrable as Everyday

22. Casemiro and the Tiger

23. Priests and Shamans

24. History as Sorcery

25. Envy and Implicit Social Knowledge

26. The Whirlpool

27. Montage

28. To Become a Healer

29. Marlene

Notes

Bibliography

Index