The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru (Paperback)
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The Gift of Life: Female Spirituality and Healing in Northern Peru (Paperback)

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Paperback 246 Pages / Published: 30/03/1998
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In this uniquely personal account of the lives and healing arts of female shamans in northern Peru, the author alternates diaristic writings about her own experiences with ethnographic description. Her analytical essays explore the concepts of sorcery, shamanism, and witchcraft, case studies of Peruvian women and their ritual healing techniques, the healers' religious and symbolic space, and the healing attributes unique to women. They alternate with chapters in which Glass-Coffin describes her introduction to Peru as a high school student, the traditional roles she adopted in her host family, the crisis that rocked her identity, her first ritual contact with a female healer, and her own tumultuous but ultimately rewarding healing journey under two female shamans. Male shamans, she concludes, sally forth into the spirit world to do individual combat with the sources of spiritual illness, whereas female shamans try to involve their patients more directly in their own healing.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826318930
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 391 g
Dimensions: 215 x 150 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Glass-Coffin's fully contextualized discussion . . . provides much illuminating material . . . [she] has contributed significantly to the discipline's ongoing conversation about our ontological and epistemological foundations."
"The Gift of Life" is a sensitive and insightful examination . . . provide ing considerable ethnographic detail on healers and healing . . .
Glass-Coffins fully contextualized discussion . . . provides much illuminating material . . . she has contributed significantly to the disciplines ongoing conversation about our ontological and epistemological foundations.
a"The Gift of Life" is a sensitive and insightful examination . . . provide[ing] considerable ethnographic detail on healers and healing . . ."
aGlass-Coffin's fully contextualized discussion . . . provides much illuminating material . . . [she] has contributed significantly to the discipline's ongoing conversation about our ontological and epistemological foundations."

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