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Monopólio masculino do xamanismo amaz?nico: o contra-exemplo das mulheres xam? shipibo-conibo
Colpron, Anne-Marie;
Mana , 2005, DOI: 10.1590/S0104-93132005000100004
Abstract: the ethnographic literature on the shipibo-conibo of western amazonia attributes the prestigious role of shaman to men only. however, my recent ethnographic research into this society has revealed at least a dozen female shamans who perform activities comparable to those of their male colleagues. these women intervene in what are typically considered to be male domains in amazonia: the control of sexuality, hunting and offensive/defensive shamanism. starting with a brief overview of their shamanic powers, this article looks to develop a more nuanced analysis of the sexual categories typical to the study of amazonian shamanism, demonstrating how gender relations are not necessarily conceived here in a dichotomous fashion and how the idea of an essentially male shamanism has obscured the existence of female shamans among the shipibo-conibo.
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