Introduction: Among the Matsigenka

Allen Johnson

in Families of the Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232419
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936294 | DOI:
Introduction: Among the Matsigenka

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the family of Matsigenka Indians of southeastern Peru. This book analyzes the Matsigenka as a family level society and examines the shamanic spiritual beliefs of the Matsigenka. It also discusses the history Matsigenka, their source of livelihood, family life, and participation in politics and society.

Keywords: Matsigenka Indians; family; southeastern Peru; spiritual beliefs; source of livelihood; family life; politics; society

Chapter.  4260 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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