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7184 -- SCHWEITZER DE PALACIOS, DAGMAR & BERNHARD WÖRRLE (Eds.)

Heiler zwischen den Welten. Transkulturelle Austauschprozesse im Schamanismus Ecuadors
(Curupira 15)
Marburg: Curupira 2003
229 pp., Euro 19,-; ISBN 3-8185-0381-8
Keywords: healers, shamanism, biomedicine and healers, rituals of healing, acculturation, medical anthropology, yachac, Shuar, Quechua

Healers between the worlds. Transcultural exchange processes in shamanism in Ecuador
##Exchange relations in shamanism entail more than the transfer of power and knowledge between shamans of different ethnic backgrounds. South American healers today have to cope with western medicine and esotericism, tourism and indigenous organisations if they want to keep step with the changes in their world. Based on case studies in the high and lowlands of Ecuador, the contributions in this volume discuss different aspects of these exchange relations. Explaining the origins of foreign elements in healing rituals and investigating the appropriation of new shamanic roles, the authors ask to what extent these changes, instead of representing a phenomenon of acculturation, can be understood as part of tradition.##

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