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The Devil S Book Of Culture

Author : Benjamin Feinberg
ISBN : 9780292782068
Genre : Social Science
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Since the 1950s, the Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, has drawn a strange assortment of visitors and pilgrims—schoolteachers and government workers, North American and European spelunkers exploring the region's vast cave system, and counterculturalists from hippies (John Lennon and other celebrities supposedly among them) to New Age seekers, all chasing a firsthand experience of transcendence and otherness through the ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms "in context" with a Mazatec shaman. Over time, this steady incursion of the outside world has significantly influenced the Mazatec sense of identity, giving rise to an ongoing discourse about what it means to be "us" and "them." In this highly original ethnography, Benjamin Feinberg investigates how different understandings of Mazatec identity and culture emerge through talk that circulates within and among various groups, including Mazatec-speaking businessmen, curers, peasants, intellectuals, anthropologists, bureaucrats, cavers, and mushroom-seeking tourists. Specifically, he traces how these groups express their sense of culture and identity through narratives about three nearby yet strange discursive "worlds"—the "magic world" of psychedelic mushrooms and shamanic practices, the underground world of caves and its associated folklore of supernatural beings and magical wealth, and the world of the past or the past/present relationship. Feinberg's research refutes the notion of a static Mazatec identity now changed by contact with the outside world, showing instead that identity forms at the intersection of multiple transnational discourses.

Iconic Mexico An Encyclopedia From Acapulco To Z Calo 2 Volumes

Author : Eric Zolov
ISBN : 9781610690447
Genre : History
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Going far beyond basic historical information, this two-volume work examines the deep roots of Mexican culture and their meaning to modern Mexico. • Provides novel interpretations into well-established elements of Mexican history, politics, and culture • Supplies reference material that will appeal both to professors and high school teachers preparing for lectures as well as students conducting research • Discusses important topics of Mexican culture rarely explored by scholars, such as "gringo," "alebrije," and "sombrero" • Brings together a genuinely interdisciplinary group of scholars that includes historians, anthropologists, political scientists, and ethnomusicologists, affording readers a breadth of perspectives on Mexican culture and identity

Sacred Tropes

Author : Roberta Sterman Sabbath
ISBN : 9789004177529
Genre : Religion
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"Sacred Tropes" interweaves Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur'an essays which collectively and individually enlist literary approaches including environmental, cultural studies, gender, psychoanalytic, ideological, economic, historicism, law, and rhetorical criticisms. "Sacred Tropes" represents a pioneering, comparatist approach to Abrahamic studies.

Made In Mexico

Author : W. Warner Wood
ISBN : 9780253351548
Genre : Art
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The story behind the international trade in Oaxacan textiles

The Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute

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ISBN : UCAL:B3837607
Genre : Anthropology
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British Bulletin Of Publications On Latin America The Caribbean Portugal And Spain

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105123418365
Genre : Latin America
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Plant Medicines Healing And Psychedelic Science

Author : Beatriz Caiuby Labate
ISBN : 9783319767208
Genre : Medical
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This is a book about the intersections of three dimensions. The first is the way social scientists and historians treat the history of psychiatry and healing, especially as it intersects with psychedelics. The second encompasses a reflection on the substances themselves and their effects on bodies. The third addresses traditional healing, as it circles back to our understanding of drugs and psychiatry. The chapters explore how these dimensions are distinct, but deeply intertwined, themes that offer important insights into contemporary healing practices. The intended audience of the volume is large and diverse: neuroscientists, biologists, medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists; mental health professionals interested in the therapeutic application of psychedelic substances, or who work with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and PTSD; patients and practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine; ethnobotanists and ethnopharmacologists; lawyers, criminologists, and other specialists in international law working on matters related to drug policy and human rights, as well as scholars of religious studies, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians; social scientists concerned both with the history of science, medicine, and technology, and concepts of health, illness, and healing. It has a potentially large international audience, especially considering the increasing interest in “psychedelic science” and the growing spread of the use of traditional psychoactives in the West.

Placing Latin America

Author : Ed Jackiewicz
ISBN : 0742556425
Genre : Business & Economics
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An innovative text for students, Placing Latin America takes a thematic approach to the study of the diverse human geographies of Latin America. The book includes a discussion of the current problems of border and migration between the United States, Mexico, and the rest of Latin America, as well as exciting chapters on themes not typically found in other textbooks on the region, such as geographic analysis of the drug trade, tourism landscapes, and Latin American cinema.

The Realities Of Witchcraft And Popular Magic In Early Modern Europe

Author : Edward Watts Morton Bever
ISBN : 1403997810
Genre : History
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This book explores the elements of reality in early modern witchcraft and popular magic through a combination of detailed archival research and broad-ranging interdisciplinary analyses. The book complements and challenges existing scholarship, offering unique insights into this murky aspect of early modern history.

Beyond The Borderlands

Author : Debra Lattanzi Shutika
ISBN : 9780520269583
Genre : Social Science
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This study explores the challenges encountered by Mexican families as they endeavour to find their place in the United States.

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