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Death of a Chronicle Foretold

Michael F. Brown and Eduardo Fernandez

in War of Shadows

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1991 | ISBN: 9780520074354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911352 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520074354.003.0011
Death of a Chronicle Foretold

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Luis Shintori is one of the most forceful Asháninka leaders living near Cubantía. His reputation as a leader comes in part from experience in the world outside of Asháninka communities. The authority of shamans is spiritual, but it is given shape by a network of kinsmen, friends, followers, patients, and by enemies and detractors. They are empowered by politics but also constrained by it. Asháninka narratives about messianic figures note that someone always doubts the savior. The Peruvian armed forces had cut a swath through the peasantry with napalm and aerial bombardment. The day after Padre Lecuona's message about the occupation of the mission reached Lima, the army sent a helicopter to Obenteni. Lecuona was protected by his status as a priest. The army's attempt to deny narrative closure to Guillermo Lobatón's life was countered by stories of what really happened to the guerrillas.

Keywords: Luis Shintori; Asháninka; Padre Lecuona; shamans; politics; Guillermo Lobatón; Lima; guerrillas

Chapter.  7919 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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