By Ana Mariella Bacigalupo
Drawing on anthropologist Ana Mariella Bacigalupo's fifteen years of box learn, Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, energy, and therapeutic between Chilean Mapuche is the 1st learn to keep on with shamans' gender identities and function in various ritual, social, sexual, and political contexts.
To Mapuche shamans, or machi, the foye tree is of targeted significance, not just for its medicinal characteristics but additionally as a result of its hermaphroditic plants, which mirror the gender-shifting elements of machi therapeutic practices. Framed by means of the cultural buildings of gender and id, Bacigalupo's attention-grabbing findings span the ways that the Chilean kingdom stigmatizes the machi as witches and sexual deviants; how shamans use paradoxical discourses approximately gender to legitimatize themselves as healers and, even as, as sleek women and men; the tree's political use as a logo of resistance to nationwide ideologies; and different parts of those wealthy traditions.
The first entire examine on Mapuche shamans' gendered practices, Shamans of the Foye Tree deals new views in this the most important intersection of non secular, social, and political power.
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