Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

in Subversive Spiritualities

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793853
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919246 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ritual Studies Series


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The epilogue recounts the lessons learned from the author's years in Peru and how she, along with a small group of friends in the Peruvian High Amazon, are going about co-performing a sustainable livable world in concert with indigenous organizations and the spirits. The author founded a nonprofit named Centro Sachamama, the name of the spirit of the rain forest. There everyone makes ritual offerings to the spirits of the earth, the forest, and the waters while regenerating pre-Columbian anthropogenic fertile soils as an alternative to slashing and burning the forest for growing food. The epilogue exemplifies how theory and praxis cannot be disentangled. The epilogue also reports how and why U.S. undergraduates are involved in such performances. This new venture tries to materialize and perform what this book has been about with the hope that its success so far proves durable.

Keywords: high Amazon; indigenous organizations; Sachamama; rain forest; spirits; slash and burn; theory; praxis

Chapter.  3239 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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