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Description - Cubeo Hehenewa Religious Thought by Irving Goldman

The societies of Vaupes region are among the most documented indigenous cultures, in part because they are thought to resemble earlier civilizations lost during initial colonial conflict, and students and scholars are eagerly awaiting the publication of this posthumous work by the man widely regarded as the preeminent authority on Vaupes Amazonian societies. Cubeo Hehenewa Religious Thought will be the definitive account of the religion of a significant Amazonian culture. Cubeo religious thought is truly a philosophy that incorporates ideas about the nature of the cosmos, society, and human life; the individual's orientation to the world; the use of hallucinogenic substances; and mystical dimensions akin to certain ideas of Eastern religions. This volume was substantially completed before Irving Goldman's death, but Peter Wilson has edited it for publication, providing an introduction to Goldman's work. Stephen Hugh-Jones has contributed an afterword, setting the work in the context of Vaupes ethnography.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231130219
ISBN-10: 023113021X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 488
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Irving Goldman

The late Irving Goldman was professor of anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College. The last surviving student of Franz Boas, he was author of The Cubeo Indians of the Northwest Amazon, Ancient Polynesian Society, and The Mouth of Heaven.Peter Wilson is emeritus professor of anthropology at Otago University in New Zealand and author of The Domestication of the Human Species. Stephen Hugh-Jones is head of the Department of Anthropology at Cambridge University and is a fellow of King's College.