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2010 | 1 | 13 | 233-256
Article title

Shamanism and Armed Conflict – a Case Study of the Interface between Religion and War in Aboriginal South America

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Chamanismo y los conflictos armados – un estudio de caso de la interfaz entre la religión y la guerra en los aborígenes de América del Sur
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The main task of the Amerindian shaman has always been the restoration of cosmological harmony, whether it has been on an individual level, like in healing, or on a collective level, like when a village has been affected by an epidemic or any other type of plague. This article wants to bring an aspect to the fore that often has been ignored, the performance of the shaman in cases of armed conflicts. The ethnographic case used here is from the ‗Weenhayek, a group of foragers in the Gran Chaco. Among these, a shaman played an important role in the setting up of a strategy and deciding time and space for the warriors to attack. To understand this combination of two phenomena, that have often been divided into two compartments by scholars, shamanism and war, we suggest a holistic view of Amerindian society, of shamanism, war and society in general.
ES
El chamán amerindio siempre ha tenido como su mayor tarea de restaurar la harmonía cósmica, sea en forma individual, como en curaciones, o en forma colectiva, como en el caso de un pueblo afectado por una plaga. Esta contribu-ción trata de llevar adelante un aspecto muchas veces ignorado, la actuación del cha-mán en casos de conflictos armados. El caso etnográfico proviene de los ‗weenhayek, un pueblo recolector del Gran Chaco. Entre esta gente, el chamán jugaba un rol im-portante en la estrategia y la actuación de los guerreros. Para entender las diferentes facetas de las actividades bélicas, se sugiere una vista holística del chamanismo y de los estudios societales en general.
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Volume
1
Issue
13
Pages
233-256
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published
2010-12-13
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bwmeta1.element.ojs-issn-2081-1160-year-2010-volume-1-issue-13-article-158
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