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Description - The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle by Philippe Descola

The Jivaro tribe, or Achuar, as they prefer to be known, have survived in isolation in the Amazonian jungle by headhunting. They have preserved a tribal life which resembles that of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Only one representative of civilized society, Philippe Descola has been admitted to their company. This book depicts an unfamiliar civilization whose values are often bizarre to Western eyes. Over 20 years of increasing intimacy with the Achuar, Descola has produced a portrait of a culture no less complex than our own. He describes their myths, their interpretation of dreams and their concepts of time and nature and leadership.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780002556095
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 8-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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